It’s really good to see Clark taking Key to task on his lies this time:
Key: productivity has halved under Labour.
Lie. The same lie he made last time
Key: interest rates have doubled under Labour.
Lie. Which he also said last time, and Clark called him on it this time.
Key is also relying on the OECD ranking as the measure of economic performance, which it clearly isn’t. Compare growth rates, not order. Rankings don’t show the size of the gaps. We, and the countries with similar rankings in the OECD are all closing on those at higher rankings.
Key: National introduced the basis of Working for Families
Lie: The child benefit has been around since the early 1980s, but Working for Families is a Labour policy, which National has vehemently opposed.
The worst aspect of this debate is John Campbell. I actually enjoyed seeing the leaders talk directly to each other but Campbell hadn’t heard his own voice in too long, so he felt he had to interject. He questions are too long and convoluted. OK, now he’s getting better.
Key: record numbers leaving for Australia
Lie. the current level of emigration is well-within the normal cycle
Key: the government wants to limit the water through your showerhead
Lie. That was never government policy
Key: the Government is banning lightbulbs
Lie. the Government is raising the energy efficiency standards on lightbulbs. Most incandescent bulbs can’t reach the new standards but that’s not an argument for not raising the standards. Should we keep energy efficiency standards the same on fridges because old fridge designs can’t match them?
Key: Bill English has charm
Key: Peters has distracted and would distract the Government
Lie. The Government is a $60billion organisation employing 250,000 people. The Cabinet is 26 strong. The idea that it is paralysed by a the fact that the media wants to talk about Peters all the time is absurd. Key can’t point to any actual instance of policy work being delayed by minister being busy on Peters.