Remember Labour going apeshit over a 0.1% change in unemployment rate? This is why

Labour went completely off the scale over the unemployment rate, when it moved just 0.1%.

They were obviously expecting it to be much worse, but because Andrew Little’s whole direction for Labour is “jobs, jobs, jobs” they had to run with it.

There weren’t any big bang policy announcements, but Labour leader Andrew Little has come out firing as the party tries to well and truly shake off the demons of last year’s election defeat.

In an impassioned speech to round out Labour’s annual conference in Palmerston North today, Mr Little set out in the broadest possible terms what his party’s priorities will be heading into 2017 – at one point sending his water glass flying off the lectern in the process.

He’s put jobs at the top of his agenda, saying getting more Kiwis into higher skilled, better paid jobs is necessary to build a stronger economy.

The Government needs to do more and to that end, Mr Little says a future Labour government will change the rules so companies promising to create jobs have a better chance of winning government contracts – a rehash of what previous Labour leaders have said they’ll do.   

Mr Little said the Government spent $40 billion a year purchasing goods and services, but agencies only considered their own bottom line when they make purchasing decisions.

Labour’s proposed changes would mean job creation and the overall benefit to New Zealand are the determining factors when government agencies are deciding who to award contracts to.

New Zealand’s unemployment rate is one of the better ones in the world.  Labour are going to go central on a problem that needs solving the least.  So no surprises there then.

By focusing on poverty and jobs Labour will continue to wonder where the missing million are.  Here’s a secret:  they’re at work and doing just fine.

But once again Labour reveals that they think they know best when it comes to everything. They are now going to go all Central Planning and have politicians decide who gets contracts and who doesn’t depending on how many lavish promises are made to them about providing jobs.

Governments should be making sure the economy is functioning well not picking winners or tilting the playing field to suit their social agendas. Lowering company tax, encouraging investment and other things like that should be the focus not artificial systems that would be akin to subsidies for work.


– 3News

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