To me, it was a case of mudslinging and outthinking.
Firstly, let's look at Phil Goff's top 10 list:
- Unemployment has increased by 50 per cent, leaving 157,000 New Zealanders out of work.
- 100,000 New Zealanders have left for Australia after he promised he would stop the brain drain.
- Prices have gone up nearly four times faster than incomes over the past 3 years. Key raised prices by hiking GST after promising not to.
- The first credit rating downgrade in 13 years and a double downgrade at that.
- There are 60,000 more people on benefits costing an extra $1 billion a year.
- The wage gap with Australia has increased by $32 a week.
- There are 55,200 15 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training.
- The economy has grown by just 0.4 per cent since John Key took office.
- National’s tax cuts for the wealthy were to be paid for with GST. They actually cost an extra $1.1B in their first 9 months.
- The underclass has grown with the number of kids in benefit dependent households increasing by over 32,000 in the past 3yrs
I'm not sure whether this list is sad, or incredibly clever. The fact is all of the above is true. Whatever way you put it, many of Key's promises from the last election have not eventuated - and it's not like Phil Goff has much to lose. It was Labour's great move of the day.
Compare this to the latest Green Party initiative - heykiwi.org.nz - where you can enroll (or check that you are enrolled) to vote - and then download a Kiwi music track, legally, FOR FREE!
I actually cannot rave about this website enough. It's such a brilliant move on the Green's part. Firstly, because it gives apathetic citizens a reason to enroll - it might not actually get them to the voting booth, but it gets them on the list in the first place. Giving them an incentive (a free music track) might be the push they need.
Secondly, there is an option to be texted on election day to remind you to vote. So not only are you enrolled, you're given a reminder. There isn't much more they can do to get someone to the polls.
Then it supports Kiwi music - you get a choice of a whole bunch as well - and it's not naff. Phoenix Foundation, Anna Coddington, Minuit, The Clean, Street Chant, Cut Off Your Hands, Tommy Ill, Rhian Shehaan and the Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra are all options.
Lastly, it encourages legal music downloading. It actually forwards the Green agenda at the same time.
Obviously I'm a fan of this website - it mixes my two big loves - music and politics.
Now, if we're to go back and compare Goff's mudslinging to the Green's outthinking... I don't know about you, but I like the idea of a constructive party, one which understands youth and actively encourages the spread of awesome Kiwi music. I like a party which actually understands what Bittorrent actually is and how it works and who (gasp) might actually admit to having downloaded something. I like a party who 'gets' who I am, and what matters to me.
And actions speak louder than words.