Key slams teachers, medics. Puppies next in his sights

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, September 1st, 2010 - 7 comments
Categories: education, public services, wages - Tags: ,

It takes a special kind of idiot to think that cutting education and health spending is a good idea. These two things are the foundation of our economy and our society. If we want to be a wealthier, better nation in the future, we need educated and happy people. Unfortunately, the special kind of idiots who think that cutting these things is a good idea happen to be running the country.

The government wants to give medical professionals and teachers below inflation pay rises. That’s only going to take health and education in this country backwards, with ramifications for generations to come (look at high failure rates of the young adults who were kids the last time National was in power).

People get this. That’s why teachers and medical professionals are so popular. The public knows that these people – not smug CEOs on $7 million a year, but good-hearted ordinary Kiwis serving their communities – are vital to our nation’s future. That’s why it was so foolish of Key to come out attacking the teachers yesterday when they decided to strike. Parents will back their kids’ teachers, not some dickhead in Wellington.

Don’t believe for a second that the pay rise they’re asking for is unaffordable. My back of the envelope calculations put the cost of giving the 20,000 secondary teachers a 4% rise at $60 million. That’s just over 10% of what Key is borrowing this year alone for tax cuts for the rich. So don’t let him tell you the cupboard is bare.

When the cupboard was bare and he wanted to give something more to his rich mates he went and borrowed, putting us deeper in debt. When it comes to preserving teachers’ real wages, Key pleads poverty. Tells you all you need to know about National’s priorities.

Teachers – and the future they create – just aren’t worth it for Key and National.

7 comments on “Key slams teachers, medics. Puppies next in his sights”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    Unfortunately, the special kind of idiots who think that cutting these things is a good idea happen to be running the country.

    They’re called psychopaths.

  2. exbrethren 2

    Trouble is Marty someone had to cover the cost of bailing out Key’s mate company SCF.

    Money for Hubbard = Nothing for teachers.

  3. M,

    John Key is right; the teachers really don’t live in the real world. All over the planet the little people are being shafted by assholes like John Key and his bankster mates and unless we say no and mean it, it will only get worse.

    We are just the sheeple and they are getting ready to cull the useless eaters.

    John Key, the Queen, Mike Moore, the Bilderberg group, google the terms and get educated.

  4. BLiP 4

    Given Ryall’s slash-n-burn doctrine in relation to the administration of public health care in New Zealand so as to prop up the “front line”, there should be more than enough slopping around in the accounts for an-equal-to-inflation pay rise . . . show me the money!

    Oh, that’s right: tax cuts for the rich and financial bail outs for South Island farmers.

    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer – thanks National Ltd™, I’m lovin’ it.

    • Jenny 4.1

      Wealthy investors only need to snap their fingers and the government fall over themselves in their rush to gift them hundreds of millions of dollars.

      The only way to overturn this injustice after the fact, is for the teachers and the radiographers to win their battle of will with the government.

      capcha – “hears”

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Compliance strengthened for property speculation
    Inland Revenue is to gain greater oversight of land transfer information to ensure those buying and selling properties are complying with tax rules on property speculation. Cabinet has agreed to implement recommendation 99 of the Tax Working Group’s (TWG) final ...
    1 day ago
  • Plan to expand protection for Maui and Hector’s dolphins
    The Government is taking action to expand and strengthen the protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins with an updated plan to deal with threats to these native marine mammals. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash ...
    1 day ago
  • Cameras on vessels to ensure sustainable fisheries
    Commercial fishing vessels at greatest risk of encountering the rare Māui dolphin will be required to operate with on-board cameras from 1 November, as the next step to strengthen our fisheries management system. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Fisheries Minister ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greatest number of new Police in a single year
    A new record for the number of Police officers deployed to the regions in a single year has been created with the graduation today of Recruit Wing 326. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 78 new constables means ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax
    New Zealand is pushing on with efforts to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax, with the release of proposed options for a digital services tax (DST). In February Cabinet agreed to consult the public on the problem ...
    2 weeks ago