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Voting with their feet…

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"Too many Kiwis are looking at those stats and choosing to join their cousins across the ditch. We have to give them better reasons to stay." - 29 January 2008

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It seems that far from “giving them better reasons to stay“, John Key and his incompetant government may be accelerating the exodus to Australia,

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Despite bribing us with two tax cuts, New Zealanders continue to migrate to Australia.

No – “migration” is the wrong word. They are not just migrants, they are  economic refugees. This is a mass break-out and escape of New Zealanders and their families for whom life in this country no longer holds any future.

Far from “giving them better reasons to stay“,  social ties to this country appears to be weakening.

John Key raised voters’ expectation with grandiose promises of job creation,

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Much of National’s campaign was predicated on new jobs and boosting the economy,

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Instead, we have been given mass sackings of state sector workers, for no discernible purpose,

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With more sacking to come, and instead of boosting the economy, National is content to rearrange government departments, to form monolithic, Soviet style Ministeries,

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Is this making sense to anyone?

It may be perfectly “sensible” to National and ACT and their slowly diminishing support-base – but not 53,000 New Zealanders who have had a bellyful of a stagnating economy; tax cuts for high income earners; tinkering; and not much more,

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Which is why it is interesting to remind ourselves of  Dear Leader’s speech in 2008,

We know Kiwis are suffocating under the burden of rising mortgage payments and interest rates.  We know you cringe at the thought of filling up the car, paying for the groceries, or trying to pay off your credit card.  ” – John Key, 29 January 2008

It seems matters have not changed much in four years,

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It’s unsurprising that Kiwis who have been thrown onto the economic scrap-heap by a government that has no vision and no plan, except to cut and slash, are deserting their country of birth,

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Is this the “Brighter Future” which our Dear Leader promised us?

This is no plan for a “Brighter Future”. National  is hell-bent on an ideological crusade to cut the state sector; cut taxes for companies and the rich – and then hope for the best.

This, folks, is what a neo-liberal, “free market”, government does. They wait on the ‘Market’ to deliver jobs, higher wages, and better living standards,

Sustainable economic growth which creates permanent worthwhile jobs is best achieved by building a competitive economy that allows business to trade successfully with the rest of the world,the Ministers say,13 March 2012 .

We’ll be waiting an awful long time.

Actually, some of us will be waiting. The rest are off.

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