Didn’t it make you sick to your stomach when smug Tories getting fat on quarter of a million dollar taxpayer-funded salaries get up in the House and make jokes to deflect from the dire jobs situation?* Well, I know 410,000 Kiwis who are looking for work and aren’t laughing when Key and co make jokes about it.
Here’s an example of Key treating the jobs numbers as a big joke:
David Shearer: Is not Fran O’Sullivan right on the unemployment statistics when she says “For Key to simply shrug his shoulders on this score doesn’t cut it. … We owe it to the young people who are yet to even get on the employment ladder to be less ostrich-like as a nation.”; when will he change track to grow jobs?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY: …I would say is that I do not know whether the member saw—because he wants to quote Fran O’Sullivan—The Standard yesterday afternoon, but on The Standard yesterday afternoon it said that if Fran O’Sullivan comes out and endorses David Shearer, it will be the kiss of death. Well, guess what was in the New Zealand Herald this morning!**
Just absolutely childish. Even in the face of journalists starting to tell him he needs to take his responsibilities seriously, his reaction is to make jokes that kick sand in the face of all those out of work Kiwis.
Paula Bennett, though, was a disgrace to her office:
Jacinda Ardern: When she listed Bunnings and New World as proof that there are jobs available, was she aware that neither of the stores in question are open yet and one has not even been built, and that the last time Bunnings advertised there were 800 applications for 70 positions, and for New World there were 2,700 applicants for 150 openings; if so, does she still believe there are people unemployed because they are not looking hard enough?
Hon PAULA BENNETT: It is a bit of a bouncy job market out there—a bit like me. You know, it is a bit like the economy is grumpy like him; the job market is bouncy like me.
Hah da ha ha.
It’s so bloody funny that 400,000 New Zealanders are jobless or underemployed.
It’s so incredibly hilarious that that number is up by 157,000 under National’s watch.
Is it time to voter these out of touch fuckers out yet?
*(oh shit, sorry John Pagani, does that sound too angry? How about ‘It’s a little bit sad and not really in keeping with proper constitutional convention for Ministers of the Crown to make light of the elevated rates of unemployment – accepting, of course, that it really is the lazy bludgers’ fault, not National’s and we must all concede that the ministers are working hard and have our interests at heart)
**(while it’s always nice to know that Key’s been reading, the comment was actually made by Danyl of the Dimpost on Twitter. Nonetheless, impressive that Key’s across the happenings in the social media in that detail … I just wish he was able to recall his GSCB briefings in that detail)