Sledge of the Day – John Key

Prime Minister John Key injected some realism into the #laboursgottalent living wage lolly scramble at his Post Cabinet media conference yesterday.

“If you can legislate at $18.40 an hour and have no implications, why not make it $30 an hour – and show me one country in the world that has legislated for higher wages and it has been successful. We set the minimum wage but there is always a balance between jobs … most companies have to pay more, that means they have to put their prices up, that means you as a consumer pay more … inflation goes up so the Reserve Bank raises interest rates, that means your mortgage costs go up – by the way, a lot of people lose their job … it’s a fool’s paradise.”

And he followed that up with this comment. [Viewer Discretion Advised: Not fit for people who believe in the Easter Bunny]  

 


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  • LionKing

    Ohh fuck thanks for ruining my Easter. I wanted the bunny to turn up. Bugger

    • Igotta Numbum

      You were warned!

    • johnbronkhorst

      The bunny did (well the one’s auditioning for the roll…cunliffe, robertson and jones).

  • Brendan

    I’m not sure it’s a valid comparison. Promising the Easter Bunny would probably be more affordable than Labour’s wild promises.

  • JeffDaRef

    Anyone want to take a sweepstake on how long before Russell Norman throws out a press release that “John Key attacks the rights of children to enjoy Easter”???

    • johnbronkhorst

      and calls for an enquiry, accusing John Key of child abuse!!

      • Col

        And wants choco eggs banned because the growers are not getting enough for the choco bean and should be getting $30.00 and hour as JK said he would. Well that’s what they will say next oh $30.

        • dyannt

          Did you have to mention choco eggs? Now they’ll be on the target list along with fizzy drinks.

          • Col

            I just hope the Big Bunny comes hoping along and does a big bounce on Noddy Norman, cos he would look like choc when squashed, piss of S&*t

    • BigDes

      Nope, never going to happen. Not allowed to talk about any religion or spiritual entity or cultural tradition except AGW, or fracking.

      • johnbronkhorst

        myths bigger than santa clause

      • blueballs

        Thats right, Green party policy says you must refer to jesus christ as
        ” the purportedly magic jew”

    • Justsayn

      We should have a referendum and if more than 50% of voters say there is an easter bunny then there is and we can all expect the Government to act accordingly.

      While we are at it, we should have a referendum asking people if Richie McCaw should be made Minister of whatever the hell he wants to be minister of, if Jacinda’s breasts are real, and if people want us to buy back assets that have already been sold.

      • JeffDaRef

        Yes – though what Norman is saying re assets is that it only needs 10% of voters to get action.

        • mike

          Ah democracy… where the minority have things their way!

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I have already written the press release for him. In fact smelling hippie is planning to launch a police complaint….”gimme my bunny back…gimmie my bunny back….”

  • johnbronkhorst

    Typical labour, promise a 4 course banquet ….deliver a paper bag with week old sandwiches.

  • tarkwin

    Thank God I’ve still got Santa Claus.

    • FredFrog

      Sorry tarkwin, neither god, nor Santa are real either.

  • Monty

    I have a mate who runs a small company and employs about 15 staff in a relatively low skilled work environment. So we had a discussion about the bullshit living wage. He would immediately let go of about 8 staff who simply would not be economic to pay more. He would down scale and probably increase profitability. No younger guys would be given a chance as the living wage would be too high.

    So just this small company unloads eight workers. Maybe Grant Or David can explain who are the winners here? John Key is correct about the fools in the Labour Party.

    • Harroputza

      But the remaining seven staff will be earning higher wages, which equals paying more tax on those higher wages, which will then mean there is more money to spend on benefits for the recently unemployed people, which means more Labour supporters. Win-win, right?

      This is just an extension of generic Labour policy — a few people do all the work so the remainder don’t have to.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Finally somebody who understands the winning formula of the left wing nutters!!! You deserve a Tui bro.

    • Guest

      So workers are supposed to suffer lower wages and higher prices on goods just so they can subsidize his greedy comfortable lifestyle? Fantastic.

      • Muffin

        whos greedy comfortable lifestyle? the employer? You ever been one, its not so comfortable, its bloody stressful, some days I think it would be so much easier to just get a job and leave it all at the door at 5pm……. but I just arent built to work for someone else anymore.

        • Col

          I was thinking that the other day, “why worry be happy” like you but I don’t think they would pay for what I m worth $11.50 hr.

          • johnbronkhorst

            I Found, it was great to make the decisions not so great to bare the responsibilities (mistake cost YOU personally).
            When it is busy, you wonder when you’ll get to stop and rest.
            When it’s slow you wonder where the money’s coming from and prey to be busy again!

          • Muffin

            It’s just like that, I remember always working like I owned the company, so its not soo much different except you know that at the end of the day you can always just get up and leave a job…. not so with a business.

          • Col

            On the button. Just had road works plus winter and down over 30%, but no one gives a F%^&, up again and one of the staff wants to know why it is so busy again. Bang!!!.

      • CheesyEarWax

        Go and get a job that pays you troll.

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          You are already paying this loser. Why would he even move his big arse from the sofa?

      • Saccharomyces

        If they’re not happy they’re free to fuck off and get a better paying job elsewhere. So obviously the ones that stay are either A) happy, or B) are already getting paid as well as they can demand.

      • Col

        Where did you get that idea from, some people have fillet steak every night others have KFC, Mac, you name it they have it. I employ 7 staff if wages go up I will just shut the doors.

    • CheesyEarWax

      The 8 staff would complain to their unions whom would then point the finger at the greedy employers and the government. So its a win win for the unions.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Is your mate called Rufus the painter Mr Monty bro?

    • Col

      Monty your right on the button, these labourights have never owned business, have no idea and will ask Noddy Norman to print money.

  • JeffDaRef

    Meanwhile Gareth Hughes sits weeping in the corner….”but Wussell, Wussell, you told me the Easter Bunny was real….”

    • Col

      And Wussell said “Gareth why don’t you just F&^*off and ask Clint”.

  • Guest

    Workers of New Zealand should be paid a pittance according to Key but he’ll never turn down a payrise when it comes his way. “oh I have no choice” Bullshit.

    • Tom

      He donates his salary to charity you dimwit

    • Muffin

      crawl back to your cave.

    • CheesyEarWax

      He doesn’t pay most NZ workers you dumb idiot.

    • blueballs

      I am assuming you either don’t have a job or are utterly unenthused by your current employ, so i would like to make you a job offer that i think will suit your obvious intellectual capabilities. I am currently in the market for some underslab hardfill for a concrete floor i am preparing and think you would be perfect for the position. This is a permanant contract and even comes with the technical job title of “Cementitious support technician”. Hourly rate is a grand $18.40.

    • LabTested

      Here is a list of Zero Fee course at the Southern Institute of Technology. I suggest you print it off & give it to all the people you know on minimum wage. Then in just a couple of years they could acquire a skill & a trade…and be earning good coin.

      If they are not willing to up-skill themselves, then could it be they lack motivation, are just plain lazy, or perhaps have a sense of entitlement.

      http://www.sit.ac.nz/courses/subjects/

    • mike

      You do realise the Remuneration Authority is an independent body?

  • JB Sails

    I guess the Left like people to remain on the minimum wage for ever. Isn’t the purpose of a minimum wage a starting point for people to begin their work/careers and work their way upwards and therefore incremental pay increases?

  • ozbob68

    If you include working for families in the take-home salary calculation, how much would actually be paid per hour? Is it more or less than the living wage?

  • Jaffa

    But there is a Santa, right,……..RIGHT?

    • Harvey Wilson

      I seen him last year. Check him out online at kim dot santa.

  • conwaycaptain

    They wont buy the assets back they will re nationalise them and give the share holders no compensation. Just like Labour did in the UK.

  • steve and monique

    Carrot on stick politics. Easy to say,and any donkey will follow, but the carrot remains out of reach. “But we are working on it”, will become Labours catch cry

  • CheesyEarWax

    Its well known that Greek government jobs are better paid and has much more benefits than their equivalent private jobs. Look where their country is now.

    Edit: private sector jobs.

    • mike

      They were also the only people to pay tax.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Ouch….the real bunny Hippie Norman would be offended Mr Key….

  • AndrewW

    I met Cunliffe in a provincial airport and spent the best part of an hour talking to him. It was an interesting hour,I thought he had a much better understanding of the problems facing the county than the present Govt, I’m a Nat supporter normally,consider myself “Right Wing’,run a business, employ people, pay lots of tax etc.
    Debt is going to be a big problem for this country and there are no easy answers, at least Cunliffe is considering options.

    • lou

      His problem is that he needs to have a wide enough proposition that will have everyone that can influence the election look at him as a viable candidate. And that is just not possible – you can not let the all turkeys, lambs, chicken and cows decide what is going to be on the table come Christmas – unless you want to be a vegetarian.

      • johnbronkhorst

        Correction: Socialism is NEVER sustainable, even in a capitalist system.
        Socialism NEEDS capitalism to pay for it.
        Capitalism sustains itself.

        • lou

          You are right – but if you can build a fast enough economy the passengers can ride on the capitalists. Until the economy takes a dip and then its every one for himself. Socialism is a choice – it keeps the people who are not interested in work away under control – you pay them to behave or the money goes. Fine balancing act once introduced.

          Socialism in our context is like brain cancer – do you cut it out and possible turn the patient into a vegetable or do you leave it, close your eyes and hope for the best?

    • johnbronkhorst

      “…at least Cunliffe is considering options.”
      No he is considering one option to tax you until you bleed $2 coins!!

      • kiwibeat

        Cuncliffe is considering ‘every option’ that will
        see him as favorable to anyone that will vote for him.

        • kiwibeat

          he is strong, but too wishy washy.

    • CheesyEarWax

      Govt debt is not a problem, thanks to National, comparatively to the rest of the world. Private debt is a problem, but business debt like you may have in your business is good investment in a growing economy, especially with low interest rates. Big debt in housing is not good however, but the answer is not in CGT. What CGT will do in a supply constrained market like what we have currently will make the debt bigger, not smaller. And what will he do with the CGT revenue?

    • Hazards001

      Yeah…Naw!

    • kiwibeat

      True. cuncliffe considers any question and answers. He tries to be everything to everyone. Comes across as swarmy – it isnt possible.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Phark, Key told us there’s no pixies at the bottom of the garden, and now no easter bunny; what next?

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Oh I got it now. If he tells me there is no santa, I’m gonna vote Labour so there

      • WayneO

        I suppose we’re fucked on the money fairy too.

  • hopeful Labia voter

    oh shit, easter is cancelled. because we won’t have the easter bunny turning up next year.. there goes my easter eggs..oh well who is going to promise $30.00 min wage? I ‘ll vote for that guy…

    • kiwibeat

      some plonker that believes in a living wage. All of a sudden, I am a middle wage income owner sucessessful on 22.00 an hour (salary) Ripped up— why should I do I what I do and take home the pressure of my job in my mind ever day — I might just go cleaning instead.

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