Out of touch

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, April 7th, 2009 - 31 comments
Categories: bill english, john key, national - Tags: , ,

Vernon Small suggests that a further 60,000 workers may lose their jobs by next year.

So it comes as a shock to read that John Key’s response to this latest news is to stick firmly to his:

“optimistic and sunny” approach.

It’s almost like he’s living in some alternative reality.

While Bill is quietly crapping himself about the oncoming recession, Key could hardly look further out of touch.

31 comments on “Out of touch”

  1. infused 1

    It really depends… the service sector, which I’m involved in, has expanded in the last 6 months. Hardly a recession here. People are investing in the sock market again. I don’t think anyone is out of touch, we really don’t know what’s going to happen.

    Do you have a crystal ball or something?

    • BLiP 1.1

      You are so full of shit I’m sure there’s a six foot fountain of it spurting out the top of your head.

      Last month was the worst ever surveyed in the service sector. . . The BNZ Capital-Business NZ PSI (Performance of Services Index) for January was 42.7, down 5.3 points from December and down 9.2 points from January 2008.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before commenting.

    • Spectator 1.2

      “People are investing in the sock market again.”

      An ideal investment for the well-heeled, no doubt.

  2. all_your_base 2

    My guess is that eventually, even the sock market will suffer.

  3. gobsmacked 3

    Now is not the time to get cold feet.

  4. vto 4

    I didn’t even know there was a sock market.

    • Kevin Welsh 4.1

      Sure is. I invested heavily in sock futures last year in anticipation of a colder than normal winter.

      • Daveski 4.1.1

        You have to be careful tho … just dip your toes in the sock market at first.

        • Tigger

          My socks are currently up…

          • IrishBill

            I went short on socks late last year but there were fungiblity issues.

          • r0b

            My understanding is that those who were heavily into socks are now well hosed.

          • ak

            Footsie warming up?

          • Pascal's bookie

            I used to have a cat called socks, but he got caught in the crash.

            Did. Not. Bounce.

            • lprent

              Ummm.. Perhaps some compulsory cat video watching is called for..

              • r0b

                Lynn – oddly I don’t see your comment above listed in the “recent comments” sidebar. Also – a while ago that recent comments list got short again – the longer list was very useful!

                • lprent

                  Yeah. It is on my infinite list of things to do. An updated version of the K2 theme reduced the size.
                  I left it that way because the space requirements for adverts. Figured I’d write or find an expender/scroller to get the long list back.
                  However I’ve been moving house, renting out my apartment, shifting jobs, and now getting ready for a by-election……

                  • r0b

                    No rest for the wicked! Just don’t burn out…

                    • lprent

                      Not likely… There are a lot of trained people in Mt Albert. We’ve been rotating positions for the campaigns for the last couple of decades. Stops the problem of people going stale or burning out.

                      Mind you, I last moved 11 years ago. This time was a bit of a mission.

  5. BLiP 5

    He’s out of touch with the poor and middle class but not his rich prick mates who are set to reap a huge bonanza as he starts shovelling New Zealand’s cash into containers for shipping out from Bledisloe Wharf.

  6. Razorlight 6

    Last year he got slammed for,, what did Pierson tag it…oh yeah a New Zealand Sucks campaign.

    Now you are slamming him for being too positive.

    Lets just save bandwidth now and make a declaration that whatever John Key ever says in the future about anything is wrong.

    • Tane 6.1

      The NZ Sucks campaign was there to convince people the country sucked and needed saving from its government. Why on earth would National continue the strategy after they’ve gained power?

    • ak 6.2

      ….or just blatantly venal and inconsistent (or perhaps it was a New Zillin Socks campaign?)

  7. justthefacts 7

    60,000 workers to lose their jobs…as long as they are from the public service bureaucracy who cares?

  8. Tigger 8

    By the way, page one of the Business section in the Dom Post carried the story that secretly National are telling energy companies to make as much money as possible while in public, of course, they’re pretending to care about power prices being too high. Why wasn’t THAT front page news? Our media = out of touch.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    John Key does live in an alternative reality. 50 million clams in the bank will have that affect. I put his serene smile down to mistaking Nick Smith’s happy pills for after dinner mints. Explains Smith’s recent behaviour, too.

  10. infused 10

    My facts were from March you fucking tool BLiP

  11. RedLogix 11

    Go stick a sock in it.

  12. Pixie 12

    Key’s a fool. There’s optimism, and there’s naivety. In this case they seem to go hand in hand.

  13. deemac 13

    if English is so gloomy – and he is insisting public servants tighten their belts due to the crisis – how come he approved the Sky TV package for cabinet? Is it because he knows the NZ media is so lame it won’t give the govt the roasting they so richly deserve for this petty piece of “d as I say, not as I do”?

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