Warfare within National’s support parties over spending cap
David Shearer | Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 17:17
Peter Dunne and John Banks are at loggerheads over ACT’s cherished spending cap and National’s policy is in disarray, says Labour Leader David Shearer.
“Act’s spending cap was a centrepiece of its agreement with National. But Peter Dunne has slammed it as ‘part of an unnecessary right-wing agenda’.
“Three days ago Bill English informed me the Government would not proceed with the spending cap. But today he released a statement from overseas saying the spending cap is back on.
“Bill English has done a complete u-turn in the space of three days and now his support partners Banks and Dunne are having a public spat. This is no way to proceed with a major piece of economic policy.
“Only Act and National support the spending cap. With Peter Dunne dead-set against it, there’s no way the cap will pass.”