Archive

Posts Tagged ‘john Key promises’

That was Then, This is Now #27 – John Key on GST

27 March 2015 1 comment

.

27. gst (again)

.


 

References

Fairfax media: Key ‘no GST rise’ video emerges

NZ Herald: Budget 2010 – Income tax slashed, GST to 15 pc

TV3 News: Adding GST to online shopping ‘inevitable’ – Key

Previous in this series

That was Then, This is Now #26 – John Key will let slip the dogs of war

Related blogposts

That was Then, this is Now #2 – GST

That was Then, This is Now #23 – Bolger breaks election promise AND predicts the future!

 

 

 


 .

 

.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 22 March 2015.

.

.

= fs =

Advertisements

Letter to the editor – Time to milk a tragedy again, by our Dear Leader

17 December 2014 4 comments

.

Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

.

from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014
subject: Letter to the editor

.

The Editor
Dominion Post

.

Once again, predictably, our esteemed Prime Minister has exploited a tragic situation for his own political ends.

I refer to his comments on Radio NZ, on 16 December, where he referred to the lone gunman in Sydney as the product of an “ISIS outreach programme”.

There is no evidence whatsoever of any ISIS or any other organisational involvement. Thus far, the gunman appears to have been a narcissistic, deranged individual facing criminal sex-related charges in Australia.

Then Key justified the increase of SIS/GCSB surveillance powers by referencing this lone gunman.

Though good gun-control laws help, no amount of legislation will ever fully curb determined, lone nutters, as David Gray in Aramoana in 1990 showed. Or Martin Bryant in Port Arthur in 1996.

If this is his justification for turning our country into a Police surveillance state, then we have been grievously misled.Shame on Key for exploiting this tragedy and mis-stating the facts for political opportunity.

I would have thought he had learnt his lesson from his Pike River Mine involvement and broken promises.

-Frank Macskasy

 

[address & phone number supplied]

.


 

References

Radio NZ:  A tragedy for the Australian families – Key


 

.

No more anarchy

.

.

= fs =

That was Then, This is Now #23 – Bolger breaks election promise AND predicts the future!

3 March 2014 2 comments

.

That was then - 1 October 1986

.

This was later - 2008 election year

.

That was later - 2011 election year

.

  • National Party leader Jim Bolger: promised to repeal gst – tick
  • National Party leader Jim Bolger: predicted Labour would increase gst – tick
  • National Party leader Jim Bolger: broke promise to repeal gst – tick
  • Labour: raised gst to 15% – cross*
  • Prime Minister John Key: promised not to raise gst – tick
  • Prime Minister John Key:  broke promise and raised gst  to 15% – tick

So, who has a better track record at keeping promises?

* Gst was raised to 12.5% in 1989.
.

*

.

Previous related blogpost

That was Then, This is Now #22 – Lowest wages vs Highest wages

References

The Dominion: Bolger on gst attack

Fairfax media: Key ‘no GST rise’ video emerges

NZ Herald: Budget 2010: Income tax slashed, GST to 15 pc

.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 25 February 2014.

.

.

= fs =

John Key Twits

27 September 2013 4 comments

A recent twitter from Dear Leader caught my eye…

.

Key Twitting

Source: Twitter

.

Which is remarkable, as only last year, John Key had this to say about low-paid workers (predominantly women) in the aged care sector,

.

pm-no-money-for-aged-care-workers1

Source: Fairfax Media –  PM: No money for aged care workers

.

Indeed, he was dismissive about any increase for low-paid workers,

It’s one of those things we’d love to do if we had the cash. As the country moves back to surplus it’s one of the areas we can look at but I think most people would accept this isn’t the time we have lots of extra cash.” – John Key, 28 May, 2012

As a sop to criticism, he added,

Key this morning acknowledged there were problems with rural rest homes workers paying for their own travel, effectively reducing their wage below the minimum wage of $13.50 an hour.

Travel is one of those areas where we are looking at what we can do.”

Source: IBID

His committment to find other ways to remunerate low-paid workers of course never amounted to anything. They never do.

Of course, Key’s lament of a lack of cash hasn’t stopped government ministers, SOE executives, and departmental heads from generous salary increases.  Nor throwing massive corporate welfare-subsidies at Rio Tinto, Warner Bros, Rugby World CupSouthern China Airlines, a golf tournament, etc, etc.

Every low-paid, exploited, worker in this country has a vested interest in voting at the next election.

Getting rid of this repugnant, self-serving government is the only way to make Key’s tweet above become a reality for those who most need it.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 23 September 2013.

.

*

.

Previous related blogposts

Priorities?

Health Minister circumvents law to fulfill 2008 election bribe?

Aged Care: The Price of Compassion

.

.

= fs =

Dear Leader – takes one to know one…

2 November 2012 12 comments

.

 

Source

.

John Key calls David Beckham “thick as batshit”?

What a coincidence…

 

.

.

= fs =