I turned on the news hoping to see the Nats’ rebuttal of the Greens’ detailed plan to protect Kiwi manufacturing like our competitors are doing. Instead, I saw a smirking fuck who has overseen the loss of 40,000 manufacturing jobs say ‘the high dollar’s good’. Joyce actually says a over-valued dollar is a good thing. ‘Flat-screen tellies are cheaper! Pity you don’t have a job to buy one!’
Meanwhile, foreign film makers are getting handed $50m a year. For 4,000 jobs in NZ. That equals $12,500 per year per job in taxpayer support. [And, now, Key’s offering Hollywood more money to help them because of our high dollar! h/t Fender]
Wish manufacturing got that kind of support. Maybe if factory workers took Key to fancy dinners and helped him meet movie stars, they would get some slush money from the Nats, too.