The Dark Art of ‘Spin’ – How It’s Done (Part #Rua)
Continued from: The Dark Art of ‘Spin’ – How It’s Done
And relevant also: The wheels are coming off, and there’s a funny ‘plink-plink’ sound
Make no mistake – National’s scheme to “offer” subsidised contraception is a cunning plan to deflect attention from a raft of bad news that has been in the headlines lately,
- Youth unemployment up from 58,000 last year to 87,000 this year
- Total unemployment up to 160,000 – 6.7% of the workforce
- The government tax-take is down leaving a massive budget blow-out of $2.7 billion
- Migration to Australia is increasing, with a net loss of 39,100 to the year ending February 2012
- Wages continue to lag behind Australia
- and other negative indicators
Three years of neo-liberal “reforms”; slashing state services; tax cuts; introducing labour market “flexibilities” – have produced very little gain for this country.
On top of that are the run of scandals afflicting National; Nick Smith and Bronwyn Pullar; John Banks, Sky City, and Kim Dotcom; Murray McCully and MFAT; John Key’s secret deals with Sky City… It is an eye-opening litany of failure, stuff-ups, and dodgy dealings.
Cue – the Spin Doctors.
- Pick a dog-whistle issue, preferably one loaded with misconceptions, prejudice, and moralising
- Choose a vulnerable group in our society who are powerless and easily demonised
- Offer a naive, simplistic “solution” to a problem that doesn’t exist – but still pushes people’s emotional buttons
- Encourage moral hysteria, before calling for “calm”.
There is good reason why National has released this crazy plan at this point in time.
It has nothing to do with assisting beneficiaries in any way, shape, or form.
It has everything to do with deflecting attention from National’s own failures.
If National was truly interested in assisting people with subsidised contreaception – it would offer this choice to everyone.
And along with free contraception, National should be offering free dental care for children; meals in schools; and other programmes to help New Zealanders.
Otherwise, Paula Bennett’s “offer” of subsidised contraception for beneficiaries should be seen for what it really is: Spin Doctors deflecting public attention away from National’s shocking economic performance. It’s pointing a finger and yelling, “Look over there“!
Once upon a time they burned women as witches.
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