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robson-on-politics Tues 23 Aug 2005

robson-on-politics Tues 23 Aug 2005

robson-on-politics, a newsletter from Matt Robson MP
Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party

Nats always put New Zealand Last

A recurring theme in politics going back to 1855 is the Right's consistent opposition to the industrial and regional development of New Zealand.

Whenever there is a choice to be made between our national economic development, on the one hand, and the interests of foreign capital on the other, the Regressives always choose the side of foreign capital.

It was so when "Reform" was established 100 years ago to represent the interests of London banks in opposition to the regional development programmes of the then Liberal Government. It was so when "National" was established in the '30s specifically to oppose the 1st Labour Government's economic development strategies.

It was so also when Muldoonism, and its inevitable aftermath Rogernomics, plunged us into massive indebtedness, benefiting offshore lenders.

In 2005, National and its misnamed allies NZ First, UFO, and ACT, propose to cut central government investment in industry and regional development and put out the begging bowl in foreign capital markets pleading for high-interest loans to deliver significant, indiscriminate income tax cuts for those already on high incomes.

Don't trust NZ First, UFO or Maori Party

There are two contests on September 17. The first, between Lab and the Nats, concerns who will provide a PM and the bulk of a coalition government.

Labour is winning the election contest against National because Labour has pledged to keep the progressive Kiwibank, our Four Weeks leave initiative, and Labour will be doing even better when they support my Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill.

The second contest is between the six smaller parties in Parliament hoping to influence the agenda and tone of the next coalition administration.

The leaders of NZ First, the Maori Party and United Future Outdoor pretend that they don't know the difference between Helen Clark and Don Brash.

They aren't being honest or straight. These are three parties that absolutely don't deserve to be entrusted with your Party Vote.

ACT's ideas kept alive by UFO Party

Just when we thought the public of New Zealand would get to have their final say on Roger Douglas, Ruth Richardson et al. (I didn't see it, but someone tells me these two characters have displaced the nominal ACT leader in ACT's current ad campaign.) United Future Outdoor is threatening to keep the anti-liberal zealot ideology alive in the 48th Parliament.

They are proposing to suck the life and limb out of our remaining strategic national assets as a precursor to hocking them off to new overseas owners at bargain basement prices. UFO's proposals are too dumb for Mr Brash to be publicly associated with, but they do give an insight into what a National-NZ First-United coalition would thrust down our throats if they somehow get onto the Treasury Benches.

Want company tax cut now? Vote Progressive

Progressive is campaigning for a economic-development and business-investment-friendly corporate tax rate of 30% from April next year because we support rational policies to help maintain our six-year winning economic run against other economies.

National, in contrast, has just released its massive indiscriminate income tax cut policy (which would deliver more overseas holidays and BMWs for Epsom voters) and no commitment to cut the corporate tax rate until perhaps 2008.

So if you support higher private sector research and development and job creation, Party Vote Progressive!

Welcome Marc His Words - Dunne by Alexander

Top-ranking United Future candidate Marc Alexander is best known for his straight talking on issues like chemical castration for evil people. But he has also been asking voters to mark his words on another matter, post-election coalition negotiations.

Mr. Alexander says he is with National. His "supply of confidence" with the Left is over. Mr Alexander is telling voters before they vote what his Nominal Leader won't tell them until after it is too late.


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