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Alliance says hold the champagne on Brash tumble

Published: Thu 23 Nov 2006 03:09 PM
Alliance says hold the champagne on Brash tumble
The resignation of Don Brash is not surprising, but there is no point celebrating, says the Alliance.
Alliance Party President Victor Billot says people should focus on what National would do if re-elected, rather than paying too much attention to the recent clown show amongst their leadership.
"Who is pulling the strings of the National Party? They are backed by shadowy cults, big money and a small, self-interested elite who are raking it in from a system that is destroying the global environment and undermining a democratic society. But despite this around four in ten Kiwis are still buying into their brand of snob power."
He says the new National leader will probably be John Key, who will continue to attack grassroots New Zealanders from his mansion while preaching tax cuts for millionaires, politicians and CEO's.
Mr Billot says the National Party's main role in the history of New Zealand has been to fight any social progress for working people tooth and nail.
"They were the gang who sent the unemployed to work camps in the Great Depression, and ever then they have been getting us into wars, bashing struggling Kiwis with Scrooge style economics, supporting racism in South Africa, promoting weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear bombs, and creating a society of haves and have nots whenever they get the opportunity."
Mr Billot says the Alliance is looking for any opportunity to promote the interests of working people young and old who are struggling in a free market economy set up to serve the already wealthy.
He says the Alliance wants to make good quality housing affordable for all people, bring back free education, push the minimum wage up to $17 an hour, and introduce a progressive tax system that would take the heat off people earning low to average wages.
"According to the Government's own reports, up to a million New Zealanders are living in cold damp houses. They need subsidized insulation and that is our policy."
Mr Billot says it is disturbing that the Labour Government are still snuggling up to National type politics with their support for free trade and waterfront stadiums, while not addressing the crisis in poor housing, student debt and insecure, casual jobs.
ENDS

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