Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Insults are no substitute for policy

I'm currently listening to John Key's opening statement to Parliament. According to Parliament's website, the statement is supposed to "review... public affairs and outlin[e] the Government’s legislative and other policy intentions for the next 12 months", so that we can know what the government is planning to do. Instead, he's just spent 15 minutes shouting and insulting the opposition. Oh, there's some brief mention of policy between the insults - but nothing new. National's plan for the next 12 months is apparently to do the same stuff it has been doing for the last 12 months - the same stuff that has given us 7.3% unemployment and people living in squalor in Christchurch.

This government isn't working. It is not addressing the problems of the country. Instead its sole goal seems to be to continue to hold power and collect their salaries for the next two years. And that simply isn't good enough.