Silly answer continues to bite silly minister

Judith Collins ripped apart budding soloist Ruth Dyson today in parliament. Remember Dyson said “Ah, well I, I don’t think that this is bad news at all actually.” about the recent fall of 29,000 in employment. That silly statement along with her appalling quartet’s singing and Helen Clark’s “Diddums” are going to haut Labour till election day.

Anyway, Dyson copped a flogging that only Panty Slut-boy would enjoy. Here are the questions….

JUDITH COLLINS (National-Clevedon) to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the largest quarterly decline in employment in 19 years “Ah, well I, I don’t think that this is bad news at all actually.”; if so, why?

Judith Collins: -well, Mr Cullen might not find it very interesting-the 466 workers at PPCS Ltd who have lost their jobs today that she does not think that that is bad news, at all, that “things go up and down”, and that she does not “expect people to overreact”; is she going to go and tell them not to overreact?

Judith Collins: Can the Minister explain why the experts think a fall of 29,000 in the number of employed people is an absolute shocker and very grim, but she does not think that it is “bad news at all”, and thinks that people are overreacting, or has she been too busy lately singing silly little songs to venture out into the real world?

Judith Collins: Can the Minister explain why she is so out of touch that she believes that there “haven’t been significant job losses to date in the construction industry”, when Westpac has reported that there has been a loss of 11,000 jobs in the construction industry in the past year; and has she told those builders who have lost their jobs that that is not significant?

Judith Collins: Why does the Minister not spend less time being slippery with the figures and more time thinking about how to help the people affected by the 11,000 job losses in the construction industry, the 6,000 job losses in the manufacturing industry, and the meatworkers who have lost their jobs today; does she agree that ordinary Kiwis expect her to spend a bit more time being focused on the future prospects of the people affected by these job losses, and a little less time indulging in singing silly songs; and is it not time that she stopped trying to cover up for the bad news, as well?

Dyson answered all of those questions as badly as she sings. She had no answer. This minister doesn’t care, is out of touch and in desperate need of replacement.


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