I see that Labour has suggested a youth training policy – I like it. I am not a fan of their tax policy (I’d fund by reproritising spending, or just increasing tax rates if society so desires, or best of all – actually improving the tax system), but that has nothing to do with this.
I’ve long stated that tax, benefit, and training policies should be more highly integrated, and I see this as a step in the right direction.
I am surprised to see National’s reaction. For one, they suggested a similar thing prior to last election. Also, they seem to be going on that Labour keeps announcing this and never doing it – but if this is good policy (something National hasn’t disputed) then why does their policy differ? If its good its good – criticise policy on its merits right.