Yesterday, Goff asked Key for some evidence that his government is doing something to save jobs. Key squirmed and squirmed.
Goff: What have the three main ideas that emerged from the Job Summit, and that he promised would save or create thousands of jobs, delivered in actual job numbers?
Key: I would say that the Job Summit has and will create thousands of jobs.
Goff: Is it not true that the first idea, the $2 billion credit fund, has produced nothing and has fallen over; the second idea has created 345 jobs, which is approximately the same number of job losses that occur in 1½ days under his Government; and the third, the nationwide cycleway, has become a pathetic remnant of the original idea and has created no jobs so far?
Key: Is it not weird that the Opposition does not like success? You see, this is a Government that goes out and engages with people in real debate, and gets businesses, unions, and the Government all on the same page, working hard for the country. I think the Leader of the Opposition should take a look at this chart. It is the Roy Morgan Research survey. I know that Opposition members do not like talking about it, but the business confidence survey shows what New Zealanders think. When Labour was in Government the line on the graph was down; now it is up*. This Government is working for the country
So, how many jobs saved was that? Bugger all? How many lost? 50,000? If the Jobs Summit is success then I guess I don’t like success either.
The media are starting to see Key’s failure to deliver for what it is:
Government pressured to curb job losses
Buzz goes flat at the Beehive
Time for some fresh ideas on economy
1000 a week signing up for unemployment benefit
Labour accuses Govt of not doing enough for unemployed
Mass job losses seen
The government is asleep at the wheel. Everyone else is waking up to the fact.
*[when you’re at the tail of a deep recession, of course business confidence which is expectations for growth in the next 12 months – is going to be good].