A panicked, chaotic series of excuses poured forth from John Key’s mouth yesterday as he attempted to shift the blame for the shocking unemployment numbers on to someone, anyone, else:
“He told reporters it was important to note the economy was not losing jobs, it was a case of not creating new ones fast enough.”
Actually, the economy lost over 2,000 jobs in the quarter. The economy needs to gain 6,000 jobs a quarter on average to keep up with the growing working age population.
“”We have a very efficient economy and as confidence is restored internationally you will see this rate fall.’ New Zealand was part of the worst global recession since the 1930s”
But, John, weren’t you skiting about the record confidence level just a few months ago?
“An economy is like a super tanker it takes a long time to turn around and we had nine years of poor economy [sic] policy that put us in the wrong place,”
Wait, I thought we had “a very efficient economy” and the unemployment was the result of the global recession. I’m sure someone told me that just recently.
Isn’t it funny how Labour’s “nine years of poor economy policy” resulted in plummeting unemployment and benefit numbers, and rising wages while they were in power but somehow managed to cause everything to go to crap a year after they left office? Cunning f#cken Labour, how’d they do that?
What exactly is this “wrong place” that Labour put is in? 3.4% unemployment? No net debt?
It was a crazy performance. A random grab-bag of contrary excuses for doing nothing while jobs burn. It was not the performance of an in-control Prime Minister with a plan.
Key needs to stop pointing the finger at everyone else and start doing his job for Kiwis who need help from their government. But he won’t. Because that’s not why he became Prime Minister.
[Update: Neither Key nor Paula Bennett would front on RNZ this morning. They sent Mark Weldon instead]
[Update 2: I see National’s pollster David Farrar has still failed to comment on these disastrous unemployment figures – probably still trying to think up a credible excuse. He did manage to post on the Herald’s flag distraction though. Speaking of which, the Herald has 10 articles in its flag distraction campaign today. It’s only article on unemployment isn’t under the ‘politics’ category]