Last night in Auckland, National Party Climate Change Spokesman Dr. Nick Smith MP announced under pressure that National has no plans to keep the billion dollar Green Home Fund that the Greens negotiated with Labour.
Speaking at the Oxfam Climate Change Debate, Smith was pressured by Minister Parker as to whether National would keep the fund. After several blustery answers, the audience and Jeanette got into the act, demanding that Smith answer the question. Finally, the old fossil caved in and admitted that the fund would go.
When pressed as to his reasons for killing the fund, Smith blustered (paraphrased) ¨We wont guarantee anything agreed between Labour and the Greens.”
What Smith revealed is what I have suspected all along. We are hearing many soothing words from the front bench of National in the lead up to the election about how they have changed their ways and how they plan to keep so many of this governmentś programmes. In the usual pattern, it is in a moment of rare honesty that we see that the leopard has not changed his spots at all. Itś the same old plan from the same old party. Slash and burn.
We need to invest in the infrastructure of the future, which includes warm, dry homes for all New Zealanders while the cold winds of global recession blow through the land. How better to prepare for this recesion, peak oil and climate change than to get every home in NZ properly insulated?