Labour planning a policy free campaign

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is warning voters not to expect any large-scale policies this election, as her party’s priority is the Covid-19 recovery.

Ardern, who is the Labour leader, was also critical of her opponents’ plans for government debt, saying what National has proposed means tough austerity measures for the next generation.

Speaking to RNZ this morning, Ardern said voters should not expect a “large-scale range of policies” from Labour this election.

First of all borrowing $100 billion or so instead of $200 billion is not austerity.

The bigger issue is that Labour wants to coast to victory on Covid-19, so that it has a blank cheque for the next term if they win. Policies are not just about saying what you will do, but what you won’t.

So a policy free Labour party could do massive increases to personal and business tax rates to fund their spending.

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