John Roughan advises us that his head says “don’t mess with success” when it comes to voting in this election. But have the past nine years of a National government been a success? Financially probably but socially and environmentally definitely not.
Inequality has steadily risen. Wages have not kept up with the cost of living and jobs are less secure hence more people are living in poverty, especially children, and this is leading to overcrowding, homelessness and associated health problems.
National sold off state houses and is now spending millions to house people in motels. Our children are suffering from appalling rates of rheumatic fever and chronic lung disease that will impact on their future wellbeing. The issue of child poverty was ignored until there was a need to attract votes.
Environmental concerns are consistently down-played, and there is no clear will to properly address climate change. Carbon trading is a cop-out and shifts the burden on to other countries when we should be taking positive steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
National is being fiscally shortsighted as failing to address these and other social and environmental issues now will cost our nation a lot more in the future.
Karla Rix-Trott, Raglan.