"National's inability to get its
tax cut legislation passed before the elections makes a
nonsense of their election campaign," Labour finance
spokesperson Michael Cullen said today.
especially so as Mrs Shipley is not prepared to make support
for the cuts a pre-condition for the formation of any new
National-led government post-election.
"They now have no
bottom line and have lost what was going to be the key plank
in their manifesto.
"It leaves them quite literally
standing for nothing," Dr Cullen said.
"It is the
sharpest proof yet that National has lost any mandate to
govern. Its patched-together coalition of convenience is
flying apart as the rats start running for the life
"Jenny Shipley was prepared to buy the votes she
needed in best National Party tradition but ran out of
"The fact is that the MPs she relies upon for her
majority have realised that National's tax cutting agenda is
out of step with public opinion.
"Most New Zealanders are
alarmed at the growing gap between rich and poor in New
Zealand and want to see that gap closed rather than made
"They would prefer the money to be spent on
providing a decent income in old age, on affordable housing
for New Zealand's poorest families, on health and education
and on assisting the productive sector," Dr Cullen
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