So Hekia Parata has been crowing 15% more teachers under National for months – but it turns out to be a combination of Nat lies and another Novopay fuck-up.
In fact the number she should have been quoting is 6.5% increase in teachers by headcount, but that of course is not the whole truth either.
A lot of those teachers are part-time, in National’s part-time economy, so the increase in Full Time Equivalents is 4%. But of course that’s not the whole truth either.
Half of that increase has been funded independently from schools. Just 2% increase from National Government – won’t even cover the increase in school population.
This on the back of National having their “best day of the campaign so far” – based on a lie, but they don’t care.
How long until people start finding out their lies about their economic management.
The country is not earning more than it spends – and the problem is getting worse, not better. 6 years of record debt means the Government books aren’t great either, and with the dairy price plummeting, probably won’t reach the promised surplus this year either. 9 years of Labour surplus previously have been churned through and more.
And now they’re promising unaffordable tax cuts.