Needs grew under Nats

LETTER

Simon Bridges offered his criticism of a Government decision to grant possible pay rises to one group. He stated that you had to get the economy right before you handed out settlements to sections begging for pay rises etc, etc.

Could he then not also explain why when National oversaw the Treasury and ran a “rock star economy”, they failed to spend on health, police and education at the necessary levels?

Perhaps if they had activated the required repairs and maintenance on hospitals (look at Auckland), adjusted salaries in education and worked more diligently on building our police force, then the current troubles facing our Government may not have eventuated. These problems did not begin when Labour took office, they had been simmering during National’s reign.

All it was interested in was having massive surpluses, sitting back and arrogantly enjoying the accolades from around the world. It wasn’t a “rock star” economy but one reliant upon the same ideals as Scrooge, who also had a hell of a lot of money but didn’t do anything with it for those who needed help.

National is so quick to criticise when in fact its failure to act in the best interests of the people has led to the current claims across all communities of need, need, need.

Also, on the fuel price problem: I understand National raised the fuel tax by 17c during its nine years.

Perhaps National needs to follow the biblical adage, let he who is without blemish cast the first stone.

Mike Mulrooney

Simon Bridges offered his criticism of a Government decision to grant possible pay rises to one group. He stated that you had to get the economy right before you handed out settlements to sections begging for pay rises etc, etc.

Could he then not also explain why when National oversaw the Treasury and ran a “rock star economy”, they failed to spend on health, police and education at the necessary levels?

Perhaps if they had activated the required repairs and maintenance on hospitals (look at Auckland), adjusted salaries in education and worked more diligently on building our police force, then the current troubles facing our Government may not have eventuated. These problems did not begin when Labour took office, they had been simmering during National’s reign.

All it was interested in was having massive surpluses, sitting back and arrogantly enjoying the accolades from around the world. It wasn’t a “rock star” economy but one reliant upon the same ideals as Scrooge, who also had a hell of a lot of money but didn’t do anything with it for those who needed help.

National is so quick to criticise when in fact its failure to act in the best interests of the people has led to the current claims across all communities of need, need, need.

Also, on the fuel price problem: I understand National raised the fuel tax by 17c during its nine years.

Perhaps National needs to follow the biblical adage, let he who is without blemish cast the first stone.

Mike Mulrooney

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Peter Langer, Katikati - 13 days ago
Yeah and who renewed the one-lane bridge in to Gisborne and started the gully road? Both have been on the drawing board for years and years. You can't run a country without decent roads.

Niels Zindel, Nelson - 11 days ago
Yes, Mike you've said it all. The grumpy charlatans in the National Party have had nothing to offer the country for years and seemed hellbent on destroying the village to save it!