Maths not a strong point

Written By: - Date published: 5:14 pm, July 9th, 2011 - 16 comments
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English’s Budget that counted asset sale revenue but not costs appears to be part of a wider maths problem for our Finance Minister. Perhaps this explains the Double Dipton affair.

16 comments on “Maths not a strong point”

  1. hellonearthis 1

    So much wrong, 28 + 28 = 56 not 63 and 28 / 28 = 100% not 90%
    It’s a bit like national where all the facts are not up front.

    I guess it’s mostly 100% for National.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      The seven votes not counted were clearly disqualified due to hanging chads.

    • r0b 1.2

      100% was only ever an aspirational goal.

      • J Mex 1.2.1

        Before everyone gets too smug, I do recall that Cunliffe’s poll on the budget added up to 105%.

        Looks like both our current and wannabe finance ministers employ financially illiterate staffers.

  2. Jim Nald 2

    What happened to the missing ten percent?
    Five percent got double dipped and pocketed?
    By who? Perhaps by the Poll (remember ‘the Budget?’)?
    How difficult is it to add up these figures?
    Imagine if he were dealing with millions and billions? Ack!

  3. David King 3

    He had this problem yesterday when it added up to more than 100%. The fix for that problem appears to be worth every cent he paid for it……

    Actually, I’ve just been told that a Year 6 student could do better than that, even without a calculator. And this guys in charge of the budget?

  4. Craig Glen Eden 4

    He’s not sure where home is and you expect him to count? Its not like he needs maths in his job, oh shit what does he do again, oh thats right he runs the government books, ah so thats why nothing he’s done adds up.

  5. Reality Bytes 5

    Looks like it lets you vote for neither if you completely reload the page. I was curious what the cause of this was being an IT fella myself. Still very amusing and appropriate all the same.

    • Zetetic 5.1

      yeah. It’s a bloody odd bug. Never seen the likes of it in an online poll.

  6. Anne 6

    Yeah well ya know… it’s probs. one of his sidekicks in Dipton who’s running the polls for him. Not a good advertisement for the local primary school!

    • McFlock 6.1

      You wish it’s a Dipton volunteer – what if he’s using the Treasury computers, the ones that predicted the GDP growth?
      That would explain a lot.

      • Anne 6.1.1

        Lets hope it was a dimwit from Dipton then. Maybe there isn’t a lot of difference.

  7. MikeG 7

    Could someone please enlighten me as to what double-Dipton’s actual strengths are. I’ve been watching NZ politics for quite a few years now and yet to see one.

  8. illuminatedtiger 8

    He’s replaced it with this question:

    Do you support Govt steps to improve NZ’s infrastructure?

    An excellent example of how the right like to frame their questions to evoke a response.

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