Nice Mr Key may be feeling the strain a bit. He’s starting to sound quite snippy:
Meanwhile, Key has also slammed Treasury predictions that the proposed changes to the ETS would add $50 billion to the price tag of the scheme.
“The numbers from Treasury are nonsense. Treasury can’t tell us what the deficit is going to be in December let alone what’s happening in 2030 or 2040.
Sounds like Key can’t face the truth. National have stuffed up their ETS scheme big time. Nick Smith’s costings are nonsense. National was warned about this and chose to ignore it. Then sure enough Treasury had to admit to a $50bn blunder – the costs of the ETS are twice the original predictions. This makes an obviously untenable scheme even more ludicrous, costing up to 16% of GDP, up to $92,000 per family.
Because he can’t handle the message, Key has instead shot the messenger. He would rather we continued to believe the original costings pushed by the incompetent Nick Smith – a man with a known history of lying with numbers. “Let’s trust Nick Smith not Treasury. Yeah right!”
Time to harden up John. We need a PM who can face the facts, not flee from them. You’ve stuffed up your ETS, it’s unsustainable. Drop the amendments and leave Labour’s ETS in place.