He should stick to fostering relations with stenographers

Iain Lees-Galloway deployed an interesting trick in parliament yesterday as he used Grant Robertson to cover his tracks in the primary question then followed up with supplementary questions attacking Bill English.

Bill English refused to back down and painted an altogether different picture than the grandstanding of Iain Lees-Galloway.

You could tell it was a planned hit job because the Media party dutifully climbed in straight away.   

Finance Minister Bill English is not backing down from his comments that some Kiwis hunting for work are “pretty damned hopeless” and “can’t read and write properly”.

At a Federated Farmers meeting in Feilding last week English said there was a “cohort of Kiwis now” who couldn’t get a licence because they were illiterate and “don’t look to be employable”.

His comments were directed at “young males” who didn’t turn up to work or didn’t stay on when offered a job.

Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway was at that meeting and says the deputy prime minister’s comments were a “disgrace”.

In Question Time on Wednesday Lees-Galloway asked English whether he stood by another statement from that meeting – that one of the reasons why immigration is “a bit more permissive” is because Kiwis are “pretty damned hopeless”.

English says those comments were supported by what the Government heard from dozens of New Zealand employers.

“…many of the people on our Ministry of Social Development list will not show up to the jobs they are offered and will not stay in the jobs that they are offered”.

He said that was a “realistic description of the problems we are dealing with” and if Lees-Galloway couldn’t handle that, then “he is out of touch”.

Good on Bill English for not caving in and actually stating some cold hard facts for Iain Lees-Galloway.

About the only thing Lees-Galloway excels at is boot-legging press gallery booze and fostering close relations with parliaments stenographers. His shabby little hit failed.

Bill English only stated the truth and any employer out there knows the truth of his statements.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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