First, it was ‘we’re going to do everything we can to keep Kiwis in jobs’
Next, it was ‘yeah, OK, we haven’t done anything significant to keep people in jobs (we borrowed a couple of small programmes from the Greens and the unions, though) but who cares? Look, other countries have more unemployed, so, um, hope that makes you feel better when collecting the dole… if you are eligible… which you’re probably not’
Then, ‘yeah, OK, so jobs are going but have you considered that during the last major recession jobs also disappeared and Phil Goff was Minister for Employment at the time?’
Finally, it’s ‘jobs losses? What job losses? It’s Labour’s fault for creating so many jobs in the first place and they weren’t even real jobs, despite the fact that they were providing real livelihoods to real people’:
Hon BILL ENGLISH: New Zealand is dealing with two recessions. One is the coordinated global recession. The other is the New Zealand recession that started in early 2008, which was caused by 10 years of unbalanced policy under the last Government. Many of the people who are losing their jobs today are the unfortunate victims of policy that built economic growth on borrowed money and big Government spending. Those were never sustainable jobs, and it is unfortunate that those individuals and families are now feeling the pain of losing jobs that were not sustainable.
Excuses excuses. If the Nats spent the energy on a jobs package that they have on making excuses and digging up old Goff quotes for their laughable smear campaign we might not be seeing 1100 people a week going on to the dole.