Becoming a vigorous opposition for Labour

Simon Bridges
National MP

The political year has begun and it’s great to get back  into it.

Never before in New Zealand’s history has a government faced such a strong and large opposition, and we are not wasting this opportunity that our country has.

The Labour-led coalition was nothing short of shambolic last year, and it’s our job to make sure they get it together so there is no government negligence.

We left the country in good shape with a strong economy. If things go badly, the public should ask why and as your elected representative I step up.

Any government has to be answerable and a good opposition makes this happen. It identifies serious issues that could be damaging to New Zealand.

My focus will be to support good policies and challenge the government when they go off track. I am not there to be a trouble maker or to hold things up.

If they implement good policies, National will support them.

There are examples of this already. We supported the government on paid parental leave and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), but we will not support polices that make no sense, like getting rid of tax cuts.

So the next time you hear someone say “National is being disruptive” I hope you will think, no, National is doing its job and debating the issues that matter to New Zealanders.

We are a vigorous opposition because we are expected to be and need to be.



Posted on 12-02-2018 12:32 | By stephennel

You had 9 years to be "vigorous" - too late for tears now.


Posted on 10-02-2018 16:15 | By Told you

Why do you keep harping on about Tax cuts, the opposition did not implement them, so stop going on about it.

Word keeper

Posted on 10-02-2018 13:31 | By Told you

I hope you keep to what you said not a trouble maker or will hold things up,time will tell if you are sincere.

Positive opposition?

Posted on 09-02-2018 19:14 | By phoenix

Good luck with getting plaudits for that. The mainstream left leaning news media will keep on slagging off the national party. no matter what good or not so good ideas you come up with. It continues on with the media comments on the national party meeting in Tauranga. Not one positive comment,says it all.

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