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National Up To Old Tricks Says Peters

National Up To Old Tricks Says Peters

National is playing economic tricks and cannot be trusted to keep state owned assets in the hands of New Zealanders, claimed Rt Hon Winston Peters today.

He described the pledge by National Finance spokesperson John Key not to privatise certain assets as not worth the paper they were written on because they conflicted with the hidden agenda of the leader Don Brash.

“Mr Key is talking about mixed ownership models, which in National double-speak, really means selling off the few state owned assets that taxpayers can still call their own.

“National has signaled that it intends to sell off Landcorp’s stable of farms which will see even more of New Zealand’s valuable land fall into foreign ownership.”

Mr Peters said the key to the speech today was to read between the lines and it made quite scary reading.

“It is business as usual for Don Brash and his ilk. They hate the thought of ordinary people receiving any benefit from public ownership. They prefer to keep them as serfs for foreign owners to exploit.”

“Remember Jim Bolger’s famous 1990 speech where National was not going to sell New Zealand’s türangawaewae for 30 pieces of silver.

“After the 1990 election that is exactly what they did” said Mr Peters.

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