In 2008, John Key was promising us a brighter future. 18 months on, we’re in that future he was talking about and Kiwis are reporting their lives are worse than they were before he came to power.
83% of Kiwis surveyed by ShapeNZ rated their quality of life as ‘good’ or better, down from 89% in 2008 and 92% in 2007.
Without question, the bulk of the blame for the decrease lies with the global recession. But we knew the global recession was underway in late 2008 and Key still made his promise. Now his is in power, he has a responsibility to live up to his promises by minimising the effects of the recession and promoting recovery.
Instead we see rising unemployment, falling wages, worsening public services, and rising crime.
Key should be fulfilling his promise of a “relentless focus on jobs” because jobs are the main ingredient in getting New Zealand moving forwards. But Key is a do nothing Prime Minister and quite happy to let unemployment remain at wage depressing levels.