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Labour's Green Ploy Dishonest -- English

17 June 2002

"This year's election is an old-fashioned National versus Labour contest," says National Party leader Bill English.

"New Zealanders will make their decision based on real policies and issues not Labour's ploy of colluding with the Greens on tactical voting."

Mr English says voters understand that under MMP Labour cannot govern alone.

"No serious commentator believes Labour will get there by itself and it will need a coalition partner. Helen Clark's problem is that the break-up of the Alliance leaves her with only one option - the Greens.

"Despite all her rhetoric, Helen Clark will do anything to retain power and that means doing a deal with the Greens. In fact, she has already done deals with them in the past."

Mr English says the current GM moratorium was not a recommendation of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification, but a cosy deal between Labour and the Greens.

"National-leaning voters should support polices they agree with, not vote for Labour policies they are against.

"Why would people who support having good teachers in the classroom inspiring our kids to learn; a properly funded world class health system; a quick resolution to Treaty claims; a crack down on crime and lower taxes want to vote for Labour?

"They are smart enough to know that all they will be doing by voting Labour is increasing the likelihood of their worst nightmare - a Labour/Green government.

"The only way to ensure the Greens are kept out of power is by voting National," Mr English concluded.


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