FFS, just when it sounded like the Greens were going to come up with sensible policy prescriptions we get this absolute piece of rubbish.
If this is how we base policy why don’t people just make plans as follows:
- I will talk with people in important tones during very serious meetings,
- I will offer to give them money arbitrarily
- Therefore: I will create jobs, income, sustainability, and cute kittens.
Seriously, in what world does a massive building initiative make sense when we are going to be struggling to rebuild Christchurch during the next decade given capacity.
In what world does giving money to green entrepreneurs (I would call many of these people marketers) provide “65,000 additional jobs”. [Pro-tip: 1% of the global market is HUGE - remember that we are less than 0.1% of the global population - so saying "just", especially given foreign subsidies and scale, is ridiculous].
In what world do these policies not crowd out other industries – guess what, skilled workers are already in work, you will be just driving up their wages with your arbitrary industrial policy.
Tbh, this rings of policy made by people who just want to win an election, and have very serious meetings with policy analysts and people who make glossy leaflets. It shows no reality, and no willingness to think about trade-offs.
When the policy is out fully, I’ll do a write up on it without the angst – but right now I’m pissed. To think I was considering voting for them – god I wish we had a real choice this election …