Posts Tagged ‘austerity’

False economy

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, March 6th, 2012 - 16 comments

Nationals bungling on the economy continues to damage NZ. Even their misguided state sector job cuts have failed to make significant savings…

IT isn’t free

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 17th, 2012 - 172 comments

The Nats want to replace public service jobs with computerised systems. They claim that this will improve service and save money. Quite apart from the folly of destroying jobs in the current economy, they are likely wrong on both those claims.

The austerity death trap

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, October 25th, 2011 - 89 comments

In response to tough economic times, Government austerity programmes do more harm than good.  It’s a pretty simple equation based on the debt / GDP ratio.  With an election coming up soon, NZ needs to look for economic competence and a willingness to try new ideas, rather than muddling along deeper into the austerity death trap.

Armstrong on “Austerity”

Written By: - Date published: 5:24 pm, April 7th, 2011 - 12 comments

John Armstrong is losing patience with the Nats: “National is certainly consistent when it comes to cutting spending. It consistently fails to practise what it preaches…”

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