My Brother Ben is standing for Labour on Auckland’s North Shore.
Ultimately, Ben’s got an uphill battle for Labour in what is a National Party stronghold. But he has strong local credentials. New opponent Maggie Barry has just breezed in after rejection by National in other Auckland seats. This hasn’t gone unnoticed.
To highlight the very real dangers of Asset Sales, Ben has put his computer programming skills to good use.
In the game, John Key is throwing SOE share certificates in the air (much like he hopes to do in real life). You are ‘mum and dad investor’. And armed with a dust-buster, you suck up the shares. But you’re competing against powerful overseas interests, armed with commercial hoovers. If you’re skillful, you can become individually wealthy. But the lesson in the game is, of course, that New Zealand as a whole is worse off as a result of the sales. Give me Labour’s fairer tax system over Asset Sales any day – then we’ll ALL be better off.
Despite the seriousness of the issues, it’s good to see Ben having some fun with the campaign. Nice one Bro!