Read the small print to understand Labour’s weasel words

It must be hard attacking the government when they keep increasing the funding for health every single budget. One has to get pretty cunning to try to spin increases as a bad thing.

Fortunately for Labour they came up with a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel. The plan is simple:

Use weasel words to create the impression that increases are actually cuts.

Here is what I was sent by Labour’s campaign team. It was not until I read the fine print that I realised what they had done.




Real terms? What does that mean exactly and where did they get the data from?

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The small print:

If we apply Labour’s weasel words to a person’s  personal income it would look something like this.

Dear kiwi worker, over the last six years in real terms you have suffered a $50,000 cut in your salary because the cost of food and electricity and rates and rent have increased and the yearly increase in your salary just hasn’t kept up. After cost pressures like your age and inflation are taken into account your latest salary increase of $1500.00 a year is actually a cut of $8333.33 a year. This means that you are worse off and will no longer be able to afford groceries and petrol and Tuatara craft beer.

More in the next post.

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