Dear Leader – fibbing again?!
In the 1960s TV science fiction series, ‘Star Trek‘, a sub-theme of humour ran through some of the episodes. The young ‘Mr Chekov’ – a proud Russian character played by American actor, Walter Koenig – would often claim several inventions, cultural icons, famous historical figures, as being of Russian provenance,
It was a comic sub-text that ran through the series and we smiled at the subtle mocking of nationalistic fervour.
Not quite so funny, though, when our own Dear Leader John Key does it,
“By any measure, the National Government’s home insulation scheme launched in 2009 has been a success…
… We set up the scheme as a four-year programme to insulate 188,500 homes – but we are now doing an extra 40,000 thereby taking the total to around 230,000.”
Who set up the home insulation scheme, Mr Key?
If I may jog peoples’ memories,
Why yes – it was a Green Party initiative! John Key is claiming credit for another Party’s policy initiative!?
National did refer to home insulation in their Policy 2008: Environment document. The sum total their “policy” on home insulation consisted of twenty words,
” National will:
… Work with councils to provide financial assistance to help low income households change to clean heating and improve their insulation.”
The same document that stated, that National would,
• “Honour New Zealand’s Kyoto Protocol obligations.
• Support international efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, including working to achieve further global alliances that build on the goals agreed at Kyoto.
• Legislate for a well-considered, carefully balanced emissions trading scheme (ETS) for efficiently reducing emissions across the economy”
None of which it has achieved. Our ETS is certainly not “carefully balanced” as farming and other industries are exempt until 2015, with taxpayers having to foot the bill for those exemptions.
By the 2011 General Election, National had appropriated the Green Party’s home insulation initiative entirely,
” Key facts
• Over 130,000 homes so far are warmer, drier, and healthier thanks to our Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme.”
And the tobacco companies complain of their intellectual property rights being ripped of?!?!
When Key writes,
“We’ve also worked with the Green Party on the insulation programme as part of our Memorandum of Understanding.”
… he is taking credit where none is deserved.
Following Key’s piece in the Herald, a reader posted this comment,
“ Ennill (Beach Haven)01:13 PM Sunday, 26 Aug 2012
Are you also proud of other government progress?
A “Best of.” list might include:1. Making more people redundant than any other employer
2. Growing the exodus to Australia of our best and brightest
3. Maintaining zero growth for New Zealand
4. Making 90% of New Zealand poorer by restricting wages and raising GST
5. Selling off New Zealand’s laws to the highest bidder
6. Taking away basic rights and protections for workers
7. Supporting John Banks
8. Spending hundreds of millions of dollars on consultants
9. Not sacking Paula Bennett and Judith Collins for leaks of private information
10. Pushing ahead with asset sales when 85% of the country are against them
11. Charter Schools – a failed experiment elsewhere that have been introduced for ideology and not for the benefit of our kids
12. Ignoring the advice of experts when it doesn’t suit policy such as National Standards
13. Cutting Health spending to such an extent that they are struggling to deliver on anything except government-imposed targets
14. Making dodgy deals that are described by legal experts as ‘riding rough-shod over New Zealand’s laws’ such as the Sky City pokie deal
15. Encouraging mining on National Parks “
Ennill’s criticism of Key and National is damning. It is also accurate.
S/he points out one salutary fact; National has failed to achieve anything except tax cuts in 2009 and 2010. And even those are now being paid for by increased borrowing and asset sales.
National’s failure in managing the economy is so dire that it has taken to resorting to stealing policy successes from other political Parties it has worked with.
They are about to steal our billion-dollar state assets and flog them of to already wealthy buyers and corporate investors.
I wonder if the Greens could sue for theft of intellectual property?
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