SWEET TALK IS EASY, BUT WHERE ARE THE NUMBERS?
Alliance political rhetoric promising to return New Zealand to the days of full employment and cradle-to-grave socialism
is discredited dreaming without solid backing by some firm strategy and costings.
“We all want the best for our country,” said Michael Barnett, Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of
Commerce, “but it is irresponsible and mocking the intelligence of voters for Alliance Leader Jim Anderton to make
outlandish promises to guarantee full employment and free education and health care without indicating what it will cost
and who will pay.”
“There is no dispute that much more can be done to improve the performance of the economy,” said Mr Barnett, “but to
pretend that a government can recreate a fortress economy and force-feed these policies by extracting more taxes from
business belongs in the museum of discredited economic experiments that collapsed with the fall of the Berlin Wall in
Mr Barnett was commenting on the Alliance launch of its election campaign yesterday.