Opposition leader Phil Goff yesterday formally launched the policy of GST-free fresh fruit and vegetables, which he said would save a household between $300 and $400 a year.
“It makes a difference, but by itself it won’t be enough. We’ll have other policies also.”
Mr Goff said Labour would announce details on savings, skills programmes and monetary policy in the lead-up to the next election.
He also floated the idea of demanding less revenue from state-owned power companies to ease electricity bills.
At this stage in the election cycle an opposition party needs (a) a vision and (b) a major wedge policy wedded to the vision. For National under John Key it was economic reform wedded to tax cuts, for Don Brash it was white supremacy wedded to abolition of the Maori seats and scrapping the Closing the Gaps policies.
Labour’s vision is ‘for the many not the few’. Okay. I don’t think anyone who isn’t a politics junky knows that and its more of a slogan than a vision, but that’s what they’ve gone with. What’s their big policy star they’ve hitched their wagon to? Slightly cheaper beetroots.
David Cunliffe is working on a major savings policy – my guess is compulsory savings combined with tax cuts or credits for all low income earners. I think people are really nervous about their quality of life in retirement – wouldn’t that have been a better flagship policy to roll-out? It even feels pointless writing about them: they’re so utterly lost and comprehensively doomed.