Labour’s power scheme lies

The other day David Cunliffe tweeted a misleading chart about power price rises. He was lambasted about the chart because it didn’t show when Labour was in government when the largest rises occurred.

An observant reader decided to look into these claims…and he didn;t think it look right in any case.

This is what he found.

I was a little surprised by the graph on the tweet from Cunners the other day regarding NZ power prices. It looked like an outrageous manipulation.

So I checked for the source: NZ Power policy doc on Labour website. It shows the “change in power prices, base year 1986” even though the graph shows from 1978. So it’s some sort of percentage increase from a base? Way too obscure for me and an obvious obfuscation.

Hmmmm…funny. So I went to the source of their info ( a very large report pdf).

On page 132 is Table 3.7: Electricity prices for households in US dollars/kWh III.56 which I thought was much more illuminating. Here is the reproduced table (most of it anyway)  

Country 1978 1980 1990 2000 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Austria 80 101 156 118 174 214 257 256 258 273
Belgium 115 141 167 132 266 233 232 264
Canada 24 28 53 53 82 89 90 85 95
Chile 41 85 136 166 228 213 209 211
Czech 34 39 27 54 122 146 191 192 186 211
Denmark 68 102 164 197 322 344 396 365 356 409
Finland 58 69 103 78 128 145 172 174 175 214
France 81 114 150 102 144 156 164 159 165 187
Germany 85 101 164 121 222 263 323 318 319 352
Greece 63 74 119 71 157 152 158 173
Hungary   32 39 65 144 188 224 206 219 233
Ireland 56 77 131 101 199 244 267 255 233 259
Italy 50 77 157 135 226 258 305 284 263 277
Japan 93 117 177 214 178 176 216 228 232 261
Korea 67 98 96 84 98 102 89 77 83 89
Luxembourg 69 86 124 99 183 231 215 236 215 220
Mexico 35 52 46 68 101 93 95 80 89 95
Netherlands 82 115 117 131 258 285 243 258 221 238
NZ 24 33 55 60 133 161 164 151 182 212
Norway 28 35 73 58 156 132 151 133 176 171
Poland 23 10 65 132 151 193 167 179 199
Portugal 47 71 147 120 184 214 220 215 215 246
Slovak 34 39 28 50 156 188 220 231 213 242
Spain 57 80 190 117 165 187 218 212 247 295
Sweden 46 59 88 196 218 194 218 248
Switzerland 66 73 111 111 132 136 154 164 180 222
Turkey 77 63 51 84 111 122 165 165 184 169
UK 52 87 118 107 179 204 218 191 184 205
USA 43 54 79 82 104 107 113 115 116 118

And the equivalent table to that in the tweet…based on just equivalent USD prices for electricity across the countries:

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and here is all the data:

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So basically, statistics, lies, and ‘we can make it look scary one way or another’ from the left. I would encourage everyone to dig into things to form their own perspective.

This completely destroys Labour’s claims, David Cunliffe’s already tattered integrity and shows they are nothing more than lying ratbags who can’t be trusted to run the accounts of the ocal tiddlywinks club let alone the country.


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