The economic blueprint released by the National Party this week suggests it has learnt nothing from its electoral defeat two years ago and is, if anything, reverting to neoliberal type.

Underlying the discussion document is a creed which goes something like this: People need jobs, right? And somewhere to live. Well, employers provide jobs and landlords provide housing. So policies which benefit those groups must serve the public interest.

Simple as that.


Remarkably, when if any single thing can be said to have cost them power in 2017 it was the housing crisis, their prescription for addressing it is