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National recycles waste product very well

From Bill Birch, in 1999,


Bill Birch Speech On Taxation IRD



Note these two items,

 We aim to grow the economy by 10% in the next three years
 Create 100,000 new jobs

National’s track record in the three years leading up to the November 1999 election, and Labour’s track record from January 2000 onward,


New Zealands Employed Person 1996 - 2003



Pretty self explanatory really.

Fast forward eleven years and four elections later,


Budget 2011 Govt predicts 170,000 new jobs



 We aim to grow the economy by 4% by 2013
 Create up to 170,000 new jobs


New Zealands Employed Person 2008 - 2013



Again, self-explanatory,

Key facts – In the December 2012 quarter compared with the September 2012 quarter:

 The unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points, to 6.9 percent.
 The number of people unemployed decreased by 10,000 people (down 6.0 percent).
 The employment rate fell 0.8 percentage points, to 62.6 percent.
 The number of people employed decreased by 23,000 (down 1.0 percent).
 The labour force participation rate fell 1.2 percentage points, to 67.2 percent.
 The number of people in the labour force decreased by 33,000.

Source: Dept of Labour (MoBIE) & Statistics NZ

There we have it: 23,000 jobs lost.

And 33,000 fewer people in the Labour Force (left the country, given up looking for work, etc)

Bill Birch – meet Bill English.  Different Ministers of Finance;  same bullshit; more empty promises.

Any predictions for National in 2023?



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  1. Paul Carruthers
    11 March 2013 at 3:38 am

    Labour might have performed better in some respects but they also allowed a whole heap of finance companies to fail and did nothing, costing kiwi’s any gains they had made, and then sat by and did nothing when John Key capitalised on their mismanagement by pinning it all on the wrong guy. National and Labour are no better than each other.

    • WEM
      11 March 2013 at 11:12 am

      Yes i agree with you Paul, I want a change of Govt but my memory is as long as an elephant’s and I blame Labour for setting in motion the free trading of employees and the Employment agreement and Individual contracts that have kept down the low wages and dispensed with a unionised Nation because the sheep were lbrainwashed into giving up their combined power, to believe they had more bagaining power, they were just as bad as National and now are scrambling to address low wages, I bank my money on the party which has always stood for equality and accountability and it aint Labour or National. Philosophy of both pretty shaded grey, just new people in new suits.

  2. Paul Carruthers
    11 March 2013 at 11:47 am

    Or as Allan Hubbard described it to me: “The law of the jungle being enacted by people with carefully constructed images, wearing nice suits”.

  3. 11 March 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Bullshit – National are just a bunch of fascists. key is the worst prime minister NZ has had the misfortune to have had. Helen clark makes him look like an amateur. Too much smile and wave…

    • Paul Carruthers
      11 March 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Anyone stuck in the left-right paradigm will get left behind no matter how hard they try and fight the changes that are coming. Make no mistake about it. There are forces in the world which are far more powerful and inexorable than simply “National” or “Labour” or “Helen” or “John”…

    • WEM
      11 March 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Yes John Key is the worst Prime Minister ever!!!

      • cirianz
        12 March 2013 at 7:52 am

        John Key is the worst prime minister ever? So, you weren’t here for Rob Muldoon then?
        John Key is a brainless dolt beside him. An empty figurehead.
        Have to agree that labour & National are pretty much as bad as each other nowadays though. Labour sold out so much of what it was supposed to be about in trying to catch the swing voters that they threw away their core voters and now they’re carrying so much blue they should change their colour to purple.
        The greens have got my vote now. They’re hardly flawless, but they’re a hell of a lot better than the alternatives.

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