Forget plan to sell assets, Grey Power tells National

By Graham Stairmand

Graham Stairmand

WELLINGTON – Grey Power has warned the National Party it won’t win next year’s election if it intends selling state-owned assets.

“Nobody will be naive enough to believe that this is not going to be a step to full privatisation,” said Graham Stairmand, national president of the politically powerful organisation which represents pensioners.

“This will seal the fate of the National Party … Labour will be rubbing their hands with glee.”

The Government and other political parties have also criticised National since its deputy leader, Bill English, said at the weekend his party was looking at the partial sale of some state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

He said a National-led government would favour a mixed ownership model and suggested selling 20 per cent of SOEs would give people good investment opportunities.

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