Here’s the waste National has identified so far:
1) Embassy in Sweden – approx $3 million capital, $3 million operating
2) Badges about Te Teo for school kids – $56,000
Why it’s waste: badges for Maori language! Next they’ll be wanting their land back.
Why it’s not a waste: Meh, maybe it is waste but a bit of pride in Te Reo, making it fun, can’t hurt.
Potential tax cut instead of this â€˜waste’: 0.00003 cents a week each.
Cumulative total of National-identified â€˜waste’: 2.00003 cents a week or, since cheese has become the prime denominator of value in our political discourse (thanks, Irish), 1.5 grams of Mainland Mild cheese a week.
And, now, introducing ‘waste-o-meter’. Key says National doesn’t need wastewatch now the Herald is running the Porkometer for them. But the porkometer is about all spending promises, not spending National calls waste. So, here we are – the waste National has identified compared to the $3 billion of waste they need to fund larger tax cuts:
Umm, you can’t see the “waste” portion because it’s too small relative to the $3 billion target.
We’ll update wastewatch and waste-o-meter for National if they identify any more â€˜waste’.