Labour leader Andrew Little has all but dumped the party’s controversial NZ Power policy.
In his opening address to the party’s annual conference in Palmerston North Little said the policy – which aimed to set up a single buyer for the country’s power generation – was too complex to explain simply to voters.
When it was announced it was widely criticised by business and the sector as too interventionist.
Little said the policy – which was unveiled before the last election in concert with a similar policy from the Greens, was important.
There was something wrong with the power system – given rising prices and the high salaries paid to top executives in the sector.
‘But our answer to that has to be something we can explain simply to New Zealanders. … So we will have to revisit the NZ Power policy’.
It is understood the Greens will also drop the policy before the next election.
Little said Labour at the next election would campaign on a small number of priority issues – six at the most – not 140; a reference to Labour’s extensive platform at the last election.
(ed:..so..labour lurches further to the right..(and the greens dutifully follow them..?..f.f.s..!..)
..and what bullshit reasons..!..the ‘sector’ (a.k.a…profiteering bastards..) ‘didn’t like it..?..(dunno about you..but colour me shocked/surprised at that..eh..?)..
..and it was ‘too complicated to explain to voters’..(!)..(that bullshit-reason gets a special gold-turd-award..)
..it’s ‘too complicated’ to explain a single-buyer of energy being able to keep prices down for consumers..(!)
..what the fuck is ‘complicated’ about that..?
..that is a cynical-lie-on-a-stick..
..and this decision is a further marker on the road to the labour parties demise/decay..
..they are happy for the middle-men to continue to extort exorbitant profits from the long-suffering consumers/citizens..?
..in a country with 85% free/renewable-energy..we continue to pay high-prices..?..that both sucks and blows..
..a pox on both their houses..!..both them..and the increasingly lurching right ‘green’ party..)
..why the fuck vote for them..when they are the same as the bloody-tories..?
About two-thirds of the billions of dollars invested in upgrading the grid in recent years has benefited consumers in the upper North Island – reflecting the concentration of population growth there – but under current transmission pricing arrangements the cost is spread over the whole country.
Such cross-subsidies are inefficient the authority argues – and increase the cost of electricity for the country as a whole.
It is still consulting on a set of options – the details of which are arcane (tinyurl.com/Electricityoptions).
But the authority’s chairman Brent Layton likened the issue to a group of diners in a restaurant arguing about how to divide the bill.
Some dishes were ordered for the whole table while individuals chose their own main course – and one had his stomach stapled and could have only soup.
Meanwhile the wine bill (analogous to the high-voltage direct-current interisland link) – is presented only to the heaviest drinkers when others partook as well.