This article on Stuff by Hamish Rutherford caught my eye: “Greens pro-market: Russel Norman“:
Russel Norman says he is more of a disciple of market forces than is the National Party.
The major issues of sustainability can be solved by setting the right incentives and prices, he says.
However, Norman said he was a strong believer in market solutions.
“If you look at the Greens, or at least our policies, they are pro-market,” Norman said.
“Lower company tax rates, price signals for carbon – let the market resolve the issue.”
The Green proposal for a Green investment bank, which would use state capital to invest in renewable companies “is identical to what [British Prime Minister] David Cameron set up for the UK”.
Norman said National chose which motorways to favour for political reasons, without properly conducting cost-benefit analyses, while the approach to tax credits was a test “of whether [Economic Development Minister] Steven Joyce likes your company”.
“Everyone says National doesn’t pick winners … but if you look at what they’re actually doing, they’re not pro-market, they’re Muldoonist.”