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Labour/Greens or National/ACT = NZ nightmare

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Labour/Greens or National/ACT = NZ nightmare

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the possible Government combinations after the next election vividly illustrate the urgent need for a sensible moderating influence on the next Government.

"Now that more parties are declaring who they will, or will not, work with in the next Government, the political complexion of the next Government is becoming clearer - and the prospects are not pretty.

"Take scenario one: National gets very close to a majority and forms the next Government by doing a deal with ACT, the price of which is seeing Sir Roger Douglas at the Cabinet table with a major influence on financial
decisions.

"A backward step to the policies of 1984 will see soaring mortgage interest rates; health and education services privatised; most State assets flogged off to the highest (usually overseas) bidder; welfare services savagely slashed; and the triumph of corporate greed over public good.

"Scenario two sees a Labour-led government under the influence of the Greens whose policies have already saddled New Zealand with the world's most economically-destructive emissions trading scheme that will impoverish New Zealanders, destroy our biggest export earner, the dairy industry, and we'll wind up with a great network of buses and cycleways, but no roads to carry our goods to market or what few workers are left to their daily jobs.

"And then there's the Maori Party, whose main interest seems to be in setting up a state within a state, regardless of what the other 85% of New Zealanders want.

"These nightmare scenarios show the need for a sensible, centre party like UnitedFuture to act as a guide dog for either of the big parties to make sure they act for the benefit of mainstream New Zealand, not the fringe ideologues at the extremes.

"At a time of international economic meltdown, the need for steady hands on the tiller has never been greater," said Mr Dunne.

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