Dr Russel Norman: Does it not all boil down to the fact that whichever way you cut it, whichever statistics you care to choose, the Government has failed on jobs, unemployment has grown in New Zealand, and the number of jobs in the manufacturing sector has not grown; and is it not time he just admitted it and figured out what to do about it?
Naturally, Key responded with a long-winded version of ‘la, la, la, there’s no problem and, if there is, it’s all someone else’s fault’.
Key never wants to look the facts in the eye, but Norman forced them down his throat:
Dr Russel Norman: Which of these figures does he dispute: that the household labour force survey shows a 31,600 decline in the number of people employed in manufacturing in the past 4 years; that the quarterly employment survey shows a 31,300 decline in the number of jobs in manufacturing in the past 4 years; or that the linked employer-employee data set shows a decline in the number of filled jobs in manufacturing of 20,000 in the 3 years to September 2011?
Key, of course, tries everything to look the other way and refuse to address the issue (he even accused Labour of starting the global financial crisis) but, you know what, that’s fine. It’s great news for the Left when Key refuses to acknowledge the problem that’s in front of everyone’s face.
When Kiwis see job loses on the TV night after night in places like Tokoroa, Rotorua, and Mosgiel – to name just the publicised job losses in the last two days – and then see Key claim there’s no problem, we don’t walk away thinking that there is no problem. We walk away thinking that Key has his head in the sand and a seriously credibility issue on jobs.
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