The Greens have got hold of an official report that National has had for 2 years showing that the SkyCity deal will add just 18 jobs to the economy as a whole. Joyce in his ‘defence’ says the report looks at the wider economic impact on Auckland city, rather than the number of workers needed at the convention centre. Uh, huh. Everyone thought they were promising 800 extra jobs for the country, when the real number is 18.
See, when Key and Joyce were promising 800 jobs they were talking the number to work at the convention centre. What they failed to mention is that the deal will destroy nearly that many jobs in the rest of the economy due to a slightly higher dollar and the convention centre sucking up investment capital.
It was a con. If Key and Joyce had gotten up and said ‘back this deal to sell our laws and New Zealand will have 18 more jobs as a result’ they would have been laughed at. So, instead they said ‘this deal will create 800 jobs at the convention centre’ and kept mum about the jobs it would destroy in the wider economy. What a bunch of two-bit con artists this government is.