Do you remember the words:
“Unemployment will decline in 2012 as work in Christchurch cuts in” Well that public relations crap pushed by hand picked media has been washed out to sea on a tidal wave.
Unemployment has risen yet again and now stands at 6.8% up from 6.5%. This has taken place while over 50.000 people fled the country as a clear vote of no confidence in National / Act / Maori Party and United Future.
Their inability to have a visible plan to create jobs is causing massive hardship among our land. The departure of over a thousand people each week has failed to give hope to those who remain.
Look at the government’s efforts in this vital area of its own backyard: It is cutting teacher numbers, community & public health workers, Adult education teachers and programmes, military personnel and their support staff, Railway engineers and staff, hospital support staff. Over four thousand public service personnel have been tossed on the scrap heap. Only the Prime Ministers office staff has been massively increased.
For three and a half years we have sat idle and watched the public service being decimated when the real problem was with private debt, this was the major problem we faced and the government gave the highest earners over a billion dollars worth of borrowed tax cuts each year and are now planning to sell off our assets in an attempt to pay this bill. Thy hope to sell our way out of trouble. Of course this approach is simply crap, we tried it before and it failed. When will we ever learn?
Most of our right wing moguls have fled the country or are in prison or awaiting sentencing by the courts. Some were even knighted before leaving the sinking ship like rats. Strange as it may sound some still believe that some of these greedy individuals were national heroes when in fact the reality was and still is that they were Ponzi schemers of the highest order. I’m not the only blogger sending this message, this from ‘Bombers blog site:
“We continue to see vast numbers of NZers with no job, we continue to see large numbers becoming 'invisible' to official jobless stats meaning our real unemployment rate could be far higher and we continue to see no plan whatsoever from National to address these unemployment issues other than selling assets and tax cuts for the rich”.
Sometimes I get the feeling that we are simply waiting for some one to appear who will magically fix our self induced problems. To many, the view that National and Labour are both rightwing and that they are locked into more of same.
There are also those who believed that a multi millionaire jetting in from Wall Street will be our saviour because of his so-called economic know-how, when what we got was a smooth talking salesman. These last three and a half years have proved that to be so true. Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a drop in support for Prime Minister John Key’s National Party 44% (down 3.5% since July 9-22, 2012). Support for Key’s Coalition partners changed slightly with the Maori Party 2% (up 1%), ACT NZ 0.5% (down 0.5%) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).
Support for Labour is up 2.% to 32%, Greens are 14% (up 3%), New Zealand First 4% (down 1.5%), Mana Party 1% (up 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 1.5% (down 1.5%).
If a National Election were held today today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll suggests an election result would be ‘too close to call’.