In the NZ Herald today, the Leader of the Labour Party Phil Goff asks in the parliament whether the new budget to be delivered today by Bill English will break any election promises.
I ask "Is that a good or fair question"? Or just cynical attempt to smear a politician.
I think the latter when you consider that:
1. Phil Goff is not dealing with the budget deficit
2. Phil Goff is not outlining an alternative
3. Parties ought not be tied to a political policy merely because it was advanced in the past. After all, things change, and policy has to change with it. Whether they made a mistake, or external factors changed, you celebrate responsiveness, and deal with the question of whether it is good policy 'as it stands'. Of course it would be confidence building for a party to convey some coherent fundamental ideas; but given there is little integrity in politics (given their statutory powers), you can't expect that under the current system.
This is why we have to change the system, and why Phil Goff is not good for NZ politics. John Key is little better because he is ultimately a 'centerist', unprincipled middleman with no integrity, who offers no break from the past. Keep looking NZ!