What to do about asset sales? The same Herald story that told us about Winston Peters' Winstonomics lunacy spells out the dilemma that Labour and the Greens have over the government's Mixed Ownership Model legislation; check this out (with our emphasis added):
The Mixed Ownership Model legislation is expected to pass its final stage tomorrow, opening the way for the first partial sale of up to 49 per cent in Mighty River Power.A Key Research poll in the Herald on Sunday showed although nearly two-thirds of voters opposed the asset sales, 60 per cent wanted to buy shares if they could afford it - including 52 per cent of Green voters and 54 per cent of Labour voters. The first SOEs up for partial sale include Genesis Energy, Meridian, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand.
Labour and the Greens have an obvious dilemma in the light of this poll. Yes; people aren't happy with the idea of asset sales, but clearly they don't regard them as a die-in-a-ditch issue as Labour and the Greens portrayed last week. Not when more than half of the Labour and Green Party supporters surveyed by Key Research (how ironic is that?) want to buy shares in the SOE's if they can afford to!