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“More exports, more real jobs” – Really?

1 November 2011 2 comments

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Another of National’s public “mission statements” on their billboards promises, “More exports, more real jobs”,

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However, National past policies in cutting training programmes has seen an increase in youth unemployment from 25,000 to 58,000.

National’s Grand Plan, at it’s recent Conference was simply to introduce a “bene card” and pay beneficiaries’ living costs directly.

The only problem is;

A) A “bene card” to stop 16 and 17 year olds from buying booze and tobacco is kinda pointless when it’s already illegal for retailers to sell these products to 16 and 17 year olds.

B) WINZ already has the option to pay rent, power, and phone directly for beneficiaries.

Of course, one also has to wonder if this is as good as it gets under National – a “bene card”?!

This is a far cry from National’s bold election statements in 2008,

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The National Party has an economic plan that will build the foundations for a better future.

  • We will focus on lifting medium-term economic performance and managing taxpayers’ money effectively.
  • We will be unrelenting in our quest to lift our economic growth rate and raise wage rates.
  • We will cut taxes, not just in election year, but in a regular programme of ongoing tax cuts.
  • We will invest in the infrastructure this country needs for productivity growth.
  • We will be more careful with how we spend the cash in the public purse, monitoring not just the quantity but also the quality of government spending.
  • We will concentrate on equipping young New Zealanders with the education they need for a 21st century global economy.
  • We will reduce the burden of compliance and bureaucracy, and we will say goodbye to the blind ideology that locks the private sector out of too many parts of our economy.
  • And we will do all of this while improving the public services that Kiwis have a right to expect.  Source

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Instead of “concentrating on equipping young New Zealanders with the education they need for a 21st century global economy“, National has cut the Training Incentive Allowance and $146 million from skills training,

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Even their much vaunted cycleway has not produced the 4,000 jobs that were anticipated,

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It is little wonder then, that even “Business NZ” – this country’s employer group and traditionally allied to the National Party –  has voiced serious concerns about National’s ability to lead this country and questions whether it has any long-term economic policy,

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Deloitte New Zealand’s chief executive Murray Jack stated with brutal candour,

Despite the prime minister saying this morning he has confidence in his party’s plan, a lot of people in this room are not sure there is one.”

When National’s own allies voice doubts that National has any coherent plan – then it is time to get worried. Very, very worried. Rod Oram also voices his doubts.

It is time for New Zealanders to consider: does National have plan for economic growth; increase wages; and reduce unemployment?

Or is it sitting back and replying on the “free market” to achieve it’s lofty-sounding goals and promises? Is National relying on a “roap map” – or a “wish list”?

Labour may not be perfect, but they are sounding a whole lot more cohent than their rivals.

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Well, it looks like the unemployment rates are not “co-operating” with National’s stated intentions,

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Additional:

Wages, salaries up 2% – but inflation’s up 4.6%

Radio NZ: Rod Oram, economist & business commentator

Wellington economy flat lining

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“Building better public services” – Really?

1 November 2011 1 comment

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Here, yet, is another instance of the current government’s ability to say one thing – whilst doing something completely different. (Commonly referred to as telling a lie.)

This issue, though, is perhaps the most serious of all of National’s spin-doctoring.

The promise,

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The reality,

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Taking money from already stretched school-budgets, to “redirect” into “trade training for teenagers”, seems counter-productive and the consequences will simply be more social problems down the road.

Does this seem even remotely sensible to anyone? “Robbing Peter to pay Paul”?

But that’s ok. We got our tax-cuts in 2009 and last year.

Never mind the kids. They’ll be ok. And if they don’t get a proper education, and go off the rails… well, I guess National will just go ahead with building that new prison in Wiri.

Is it worth it, my fellow New Zealanders?

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“Building better public services” – Really?

Lies, Damned Lies, and National Party Campaign Advertising

Greed is Good?

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“Building roads, rail, and fast broadband” – Really?

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One of National’s election billboards makes the bold “statement of intent” of  “Building roads, rail, and fast broadband”,

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A "Tui" Moment?

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As with most politics though, the truth is just around the corner,

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Nowhere else in society can a group such as a business or some other organisation make statements that are an outrageous lie – and the public merely shrugs.

I wonder at people who are National Party members, or, who vote National: does this not bother you at all?

Funny isn’t it – when I point this out to a National/ACT supporter, their immediate default position is to point to Labour and say, “Yeah, and what about when Labour did — ?” As if one legitimises the other?

In which case, perhaps the cynics have a point?

We always criticise politicians for their mendacity; their tendencies to bend the truth to suit their own agendas; to ignore anything which is inconvenient to them.

And yet, in the final analysis, we the people, let them get away with it every time we re-elect them.

I wonder. Would you go back to a used-car salesman who sold you a car with a wrecked motor? Or to a super-market that sold you out-of-date food?

As always, we get the government we deserve.

We put them there.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and National Party Campaign Advertising

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