Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, April 6th, 2016 - 43 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, national - Tags: Auckland energy consumer trust, confidence, list, not a mystery, scandals, survery
In the news yesterday:
NZ is facing a ‘crisis of distrust’ with faith in MPs plummeting – new study
Public trust in New Zealand’s politicians has plummeted over the past three years with Kiwis particularly concerned by funding of political parties, a study has found.
The level of trust in Members of Parliament has fallen by 54 per cent since 2013, with less than one in 10 New Zealanders saying they have complete or lots of trust in elected officials.
Ministers in John Key’s government didn’t fare much better, with just under half of the 1000 people surveyed in the Victoria University study responding they’ve lost trust in them.
“Our report suggests that there may be a crisis of distrust in the country,” director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Michael Macaulay said. …
“Our report suggests that there may be a crisis of distrust in the country. Not only is trust in our government, politicians and media low, but it has declined over three years,” the Associate Professor says.
So this is a bit of a mystery really. What could possibly be causing a crisis of of distrust in government in the last 3 years? Sure we’ve had dirty politics, the PM in bed with vicious attack bloggers, attacks on journalists and scientists, a ponytail pulling PM becoming an international laughingstock, the police conducting an unlawful raid, the abolition of local democracy in Canterbury, the Oravida scandal, the “Cabinet Club” scandal, Key dipping in to public money to pay his legal bills, money wasted on the flag debacle, increased surveillance, jihadi lies, the TPP forced through against public sentiment, revelations about our participation in carbon trading scams, the Saudi sheep payout, the SkyCity sellout, the GCSB spying for political purposes, cost blowouts and excesses at MBIE, sheer incompetence in the administration of payrolls, the SERCO prisons fiasco, Key defending the use of NZ as an international tax haven, and so on and so on and on and on. But so what? Key is still ahead in preferred PM polls, so that proves everything is just fine, doesn’t it? What could be causing this inexplicable crisis of distrust?