Whatever flimsy and tattered remains of Labour-lite which National used to disguise itself at the 2008 election has well and truly disappeared. Thank goodness we can now call a spade a spade. National is making its priorities crystal clear to the public.
On a week when up to 500 elderly or disabled people in the Wellington district are going to have their home help cut and new patients referred for home help won’t get any assistance with shopping, cleaning, meals or heavy lifting unless they are so disabled that they can’t go to the bathroom by themselves (this will save Capital Coast DHB about $500,000) we have the government bailing out South Canterbury Finance with $1.6 billion of tax payer money. Including the interest on the money at the rates that South Canterbury Finance was offering when they made their deposits – in some cases 8%.
I’m sorry. This is just outrageous.
Just to get a sense of perspective here, let’s look at what else you get for this kind of money:
And on another note, where is the shrill chorus of voices from the Business Round Table and ACT and Don Brash demanding smaller government and personal responsibility?