The Labour Party should be congratulated for being consistent. It is staying true to the principles of 'True Labour'.
THE LABOUR PARTY deserves credit for keeping its promises and being consistent. Time and time again it has said it has no intention of upsetting the neoliberal applecart and that the market has nothing to fear from its policies.
David Cunliffe and his team have certainly stayed true to this commitment. Cunliffe has ensured that his party has followed his exemplary example and boldly stated that socialism is not a word it uses. This is indeed the face of True Labour'.
Being 'True Labour' means outlining a sensible plan for managing the economy that is business friendly and that's what Labour has done. While business had a few grumbles with Labour's plan to raise the top tax bracket to 36% on those earning over $150,000, the business suits are delighted that this represents a retreat from Labour's 2011 position when it said it would raise it to a whopping 39 percent.
BusinessNZ Chief Executive, Phil O’Reilly has congratulated Labour on its steadfast commitment to continue with austerity policies. He likes the cut of Labour's jib.
And business interests with an eye to the main chance will appreciate Labour's outstanding plan to introduce more users pays into education with already financially hard-pressed families having to pay for most of the kids' computer laptop or tablet.
And good on finance spokesperson David Parker for staying true to the principles of 'True Labour' Labour isn't interested in transforming the economy for the betterment of ordinary people. Not for it silly utopian ideas about fundamental structural change and a vision of a society organised on completely different principles from those which govern capitalism. That certainly isn't the 'True Labour' of 2014.
Finance spokesperson David Parker doesn't want to run an economy that is organised on behalf of the people. Taking a leaf out of the notebook of British Prime Minister David Cameron, he wants to 'grow' the free market economy and he says that he will be better at it than his counterpart, Bill English. Well done Mr Parker, with your whiteboard and marker pen always ready for action. You make accountancy fun!
And that's what Mike Smith thinks as well.
According to Mike, Parker has 'egalitarian passion'! That's why he wants to raise the retirement age and make the working poor toil for even longer!
You remember Mike Smith, don't you? As a former general secretary of the Labour Party he loyally supported the neoliberal policies of the Helen Clark government.
I'm sure that Internet Mana is excited about the prospect of being a part of a True Labour' - led government, even if Dave Cunliffe won't let them into the cabinet room. Clearly those of us who think Internet Mana are on the road to nowhere are gravely mistaken.