Does it take a drought to force National to do the right thing?
Will it take the prospect of a $1-2 billion economic thumping for the party to enact its founding promise to work for all New Zealanders?
Or will our growth rate have to plummet by 30% before National keeps its ‘one law for all’ promise that Bill English and Don Brash promoted, and John Key campaigned under, then reversed?
Bill English said this about the drought on Q & A:
“The latest advice is that somewhere between $1 billion and $2 billion will be knocked off our national income. And as every week goes by, the prospect of it being $2 billion instead of $1 billion grows”.
“There’s really nothing else that can knock 30% off NZ’s growth rate in a year. This underlines for us the importance of our primary production sector.”
Bill, it also highlights the stupidity of siphoning off between $1 billion and $2 billion every year and giving it to one racial group only.
It highlights that you and Don were right to want to stop race-based spending, and John was wrong.
As you and John must know, Maori privilege payments are costing us about the same as your $1-2 billion 2013 drought deficit prediction — and your $1.7 billion 2010 South Canterbury Finance bailout — every single year.
It’s been costing us that much for decades — including when you were last in government.
Here are the 2012-13 numbers (thanks to Mike Butler and Trina for digging them out of the various departments):
So Bill, don’t waste this crisis. The drought gives you just the excuse you need to implement your own policies.
Now is the time — before it rains too much.
Now is the time for National to do the right thing.