There are some similar things between McDonald’s and New Zealand – they’re both currently run by a clown at any rate – but I didn’t think cynical marketing was one of them.
Apparently Key is “lovin’ it” how our rivers and lakes are far from “100% Pure”. At least he’s not “lovin’ it” all the time, you’ve got to take these things with a pinch of salt you understand.
Is this a new standard of information from the New Zealand Government? When Key says he didn’t know Dotcom’s name before that day of the MegaRaidTM, he only means most of the time? Should we take that with a pinch of salt? What about when he says he’s forgotten most of the facts about Dotcom? How ‘salty’ was it when he said he voted for the drinking age to stay at 20? Or those promises to get the Pike River miners‘ bodies out? Is this all just acceptable marketing, and people don’t expect the truth all the time?
Notably the New Zealand Association of Scientists don’t take their “facts” with a pinch of salt:
“The clear statement is that the potential damage to New Zealand’s reputation, and economic benefit of “big-spending American tourists” outweighs the need for truth in public debate. This is an issue that the association takes very seriously.”
Ah, truth, do we have to be brought back to that?
As one of many facts that Key dismisses because he “knows” otherwise, the unemployment rate couldn’t possibly be so high (7.3% – a record since Bill English was last Finance Minister…) because there weren’t enough people on the jobseekers benefit.
And now we have a good example of why: Winz telling eligible beneficiaries they can’t apply because they haven’t yet spent all their (union-negotiated) redundancy and then some…
“They said I have to wait for my redundancy [pay] to run out and then I have to wait another four to six weeks until I have actually gone broke,” she said.
When we won’t even give unemployed people desperately seeking work the unemployment benefit it may be less of a surprise why your stats don’t add up…