DPF and the National Party have made much of a Helen Clark quote unearthed from her conference speech in 2000 on tax cuts.
I’ve just read it on Kiwiblog and was puzzled by the elipsis in the middle. DPF writes:
“Tax cuts are a path to inequality… They are the promises of visionless and intellectually bankrupt people”. Who said this and when?
So I went looking for the complete quote (found it via Google in Vernon’s piece in the Dom):
“Tax cuts are a path to inequality and underdevelopment in today’s circumstances. They are the promises of vision-less and intellectually bankrupt people”
To misquote her so deliberately – by removing the three crucial qualifying words – is an absolute disgrace. While it’s just the kind of thing you’d expect from an increasingly desperate “one-trick-pony” National Party, I’m a little surprised that DPF went there too.
It’s common knowledge he’s a National Party insider – he’s on the payroll and spends all day blogging from their headquarters – but this has to count as a cheap shot, even for him.
On reflection, this isn’t “quoting out of context”. It’s “quoting having removed the context”.
Puzzling how this quote from John Key’s address to the Police Association National Conference escaped media attention:
Kiwis fear that ours is not a safe society. They fear . police officers… Increasingly, police are . high on drugs and unaware of their surroundings. Tasers are the obvious answer.
Certainly gives new meaning to getting tough on law and order.