Audrey Young is now acknowledging Key’s reflexive tendency to lie, but she is incredibly soft on it:
I was intrigued at Key’s suggestion that cutting Kiwisaver to fund tax cuts had been part of National’s response to the economic downturn because that has been the plan all along.
I was also intrigued by his reasoning for having ruled out Peters from a deal with National – he said Parliament had censured him – excepting Parliament censured him on September 22 and Key had ruled him out a month earlier.
He also talked about recruiting an extra 600 more cops – which is over-inflating National’s policy – to recruit an extra 224 officers over the 376 already planned by the end of 2011 – a total of 600.
That’s a little bit like saying – as he did – that National’s tax cuts would deliver about an extra $50 a week to the average worker – which it included Labour’s October 1 tax cuts, and the gains were worth much less to earners entitled to Working for Families.
I’m sure his head is swimming with facts at present and it would be easy to get confused.
Key is not confused. These are the same lies he repeats each time he speaks. It is a purposeful attempt to over-state his policies. One should not be intrigued, one should be outraged and ready to insist on the truth instead. Young goes on to say:
Clark was criticised for not pulling up John Key on things he got wrong on the One leaders’ debate. But after last night’s experience, of a fast moving live show, I have a bit more sympathy for her.
Well, I’m sorry, Audrey, but you and Clark are professionals in the political arena. You should have the facts at your fingertips and know a stock spin line when your hear it. It was entirely predictable Key would repeat the same lies he has been stating before. In letting him get away with it, you fail in your duty to inform the public.