It is instructive to examine the subliminal messages sent out to undecided voters by the Labour and National party leaders when they released their respective emergency redundancy relief packages. I think they throw into stark relief, the real attitudes of Labour versus National. A veritable microcosm. So much for the idiots from the far right who insultingly bleat about National being 'Labour Lite.'
Mean - excluding a large number of battling Kiwis from their scheme.
Grudging - if National had not pre-announced its scheme, does anybody seriously believe Labour would have? No of course not. Remember, no policy until after the election.
Out of touch - only people completely out of touch with the reality of life in mortgage alley could exclude a single income family with kids or someone in work for four years and eleven months from receiving assistance.
Profligate - the failure to means test emergency assistance is a remarkable lapse of plain common sense. That's MY money they are throwing around. They haven't learned how to stop spending.
Compassionate, generous and inclusive - reaching out to the widest range of Kiwi battlers.
Innovative and keen - this is new thinking, reflecting an ability to come up with genuine ways to solve new problems.
Right in touch - seen to identify with ordinary NZers. Instantly aware of the pressures facing mortgage belt battlers.
Fiscally prudent - carefully costed and targetted at only those with a real need.
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