Well, from the information WE’RE seeing…

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Have you noticed that every time someone confronts National with a statistic showing that things aren’t going well (it’s happening increasingly often), they have the same cryptic response?  They feign disbelief, and reveal that according to “The figures I’ve seen,” or “the numbers [Key] had seen,” or “The advice his government had received,” or “some of the other indicators,” exactly the opposite is true!

Whatever this alternative information source is, it has such a powerful effect on the government that they were “very surprised” that unemployment rose again last month.  According to the information available to the rest of us, of course, this is no surprise – it’s been rising all year.  But apparently when you have “the information WE’RE seeing”, the job market is “jumpy” or “bouncy” or “grumpy” or some other anthropomorphic euphemism to render statistics, truth and accountability completely meaningless.

So, I’m really curious to know: What is this mysterious “information WE’RE seeing” that the government are getting their ideas from?

Is it this?
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Or this?

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Or this?
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Or these – National Party Pills?

Or this?
BullShit

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4 comments

  1. calebmorgan

    I didn’t see it at the time, but Gordon Campbell has provided a more nuanced take on John Key’s response to bad news …

    “By now, we’ve come to recognize Prime Minister John Key’s typical response to bad news, which is to (a) claim the real figures aren’t in yet, so any verdict would be premature. A job loss spiral in manufacturing? Let’s wait and see what the Household Labour Force Survey says. And if that’s bad, we’ll call it a trough and express optimism that the upswing can’t be far away now. We just have to stay the course.

    The (b) option is to claim that the good news wasn’t so good anyway, and the bad news is therefore just a reality check. Polluted New Zealand rivers? Signs that intensive dairying is not environmentally sustainable? Credibility problems with the ‘100% Pure’ tourism brand? Let’s just lower our unreal expectations here, people. Is anyone here dying in the street from river pollution? Let’s just be grateful we’re not living in some places where the rivers catch on fire. Now that’s river pollution. Let’s move on, and show a bit a bit of Kiwi pride in The Hobbit premiere tomorrow night why don’t we…. After all, trying to find a solution suggests that problems exist and no one votes for anyone who seems to have problems.”

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