The levels of hypocrisy of John Key and National are astounding.
As he called Labour’s plans to investigate removing Lotto from the checkouts and limit jackpots “Nanny State”, he’s telling (non-retired) beneficiaries that they’re not allowed to fly overseas, have to have their bodies checked regularly for what they imbibe and that his government knows what’s best for their pre-schoolers.
I had thought they’d stopped going on about “Nanny State” when they banned mobile phones while driving (imagine if Labour had done that!).
Presumably Key’s instinct is more correct than any research into gambling harm.
And they need highlighting. $50 billion this government has borrowed, while going on about Labour (ie the last government that nearly paid debt off) being terrible borrowers. They’ve borrowed many times more than any previous government, then have the gall to say that Labour would be dangerous for the economy because their borrowing would drive interest rates up…
And public servants? The ones that they were screaming about being too many, and have been telling us about how they’ve been cutting all those “back office workers” (hence forcing the “front line” to fill out forms & other “backroom” tasks themselves instead of their “front line” duties). There are now more public servants in Wellington than any time since at least 2000.
His graph of Net Crown Core expenses as percent of GDP is telling too.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want an austerity government, sacking vital public servants. I just don’t want National getting a clean ride while they say one thing and do another.
Usually politicians’ major crime to journalists is hypocrisy. It’s the easy one, no ideology or analysis required.
So how are they getting away with it?