Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, September 9th, 2017 - 73 comments
Categories: accountability, bill english, election 2017, national, Steven Joyce, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, duncan garner, economic genius, joyce's hole, liar, lies
Here’s some weekend reading for liars Steven Joyce and Bill English:
Duncan Garner: Shameless Steven Joyce digs himself a massive hole to lie in
So let’s call it. Joyce stuffed up this week. In his desperation to smear Labour’s alternative budget, he got it wildly wrong.
He made a $11.7b blunder that goes to the heart of his own credibility. He didn’t use Treasury officials this time – oh no, this was all his own work.
Because there is no $11.7b hole in Labour’s accounts.
There’s not one economist in the country who can find it. But what would they know? Joyce can see it clear as mud.
Who do you believe? A bunch of economists with no vested interest or the politician, the Finance Minister and campaign boss staring at a potential election defeat, but failing to name one independent person who supports his outlandish claim.
He came across like a desperate fool, whose big one-off spray never worked and whose grip on power looks weaker today than it was last Monday.
Remember Joyce and his $11b hole claims were all encouraged and supported by his leader, Bill English. English is guilty too – by association. He’s boots and all in this grubby little set-up.
But it’s clear Labour is now bossing this campaign. Momentum and trend is everything.
Labour’s up 20 points in just four weeks, from 23 per cent to 43 per cent in the latest Colmar Brunton Poll. And National is down almost 10 points in five weeks, from 49 per cent to 39 per cent. It’s not just a game-changing poll. It’s a Government-changing poll.
The one thing that has become clear though is the wall of negative noise known in political circles as the ‘death rattle.’ …
The National Party’s identification of an $11.7 billion “hole” in Labour’s budgeting looks like a spectacular failure.
Steven Joyce scores a sensational goal and is celebrating with Bill English, but the finance minister and prime minister are the only people in the stadium who don’t realise the ball is in the back of their own net.
Economists agree there is not a hole in Labour’s accounts. Labour has also left room for increases in spending. It has not made an embarrassing mistake that leaves it in a position where it can’t find the money to fund all the spending it wants to carry out.
National should concede it was wrong.
Under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership, Labour is successfully mining a mood for change.
A dramatic but disputed own goal from the other team could prove to be decisive.
— Chris Keall (@ChrisKeall) September 7, 2017
— Matthew Hooton (@MatthewHootonNZ) September 7, 2017