If there's one thing NZ's so called free market reformers were guilty of, it was lying about what they were going to do. This mendacity has infected free market reforms for a generation -- infecting them with the idea that somehow free market reforms like privatisation and deregulation are somehow unsound, unsafe or immoral. After all, if so called supporters of free market reforms are too ashamed to argue for them openly, the impression is given that there's something to be ashamed about.
UPDATE 1: He's a liar three times in one weekend.
"We will not borrow to fund tax cuts," he told journalists two weeks ago -- now he wants us to believe the borrowing is just to fund infrastructure. Yeah right.
"We won't sell Kiwibank in the first term" -- now he tells listeners he will, but "not now."
Then he claims he did not remember the conversation linked above, and then refers to "the part of the tape they did not play..." -- this being the tape of the conversation he did not recall...
UPDATE 2: Liberty Scott comments on National's fundamental problem.