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PM looks for excuse to call early election

PM looks for excuse to call early election Rodney Hide

Wednesday, 27 April 2005

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today said Prime Minister Helen Clark was now looking for any half-pie excuse to go to the polls early as the economy begins to sour.

Mr Hide was responding to the latest National Bank survey of business confidence that shows a net 48 percent of businesses surveyed have a pessimistic outlook for the economy.

“We have strikes, higher interest rates, falling GDP growth and now business confidence dropping like a stone. Helen Clark doesn’t want things to get any worse.

“Helen Clark’s driving ambition is to be the first Labour Prime Minister to win a third term. She’s desperate to call an election before her anti-business, anti-growth policies begin to bite.

“Her challenge is to come up with an excuse for going early. But every New Zealander will know the real reason,” Mr Hide said.

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