Stuart Nash is better than this; he shouldn’t be phoning it in

Typical Labour answer to anything:  spend more money on it.

Stuart Nash is better than this…he really should stop using the prepared press releases the leader’s office hands out for him to issue.

The worst Queen’s Birthday road toll in 27 years underlines the need for more road safety and police funding, Labour says.

Eleven people had died by last night over a harrowing Queen’s Birthday weekend. There have been 152 road deaths this year.

Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said the weekend’s crashes coincided with a funding cut for road safety, and fewer police officers on the road.

“Between 2013 and 2015 the road toll has increased by 68, making us one of the only countries where road deaths are rising.

“Funding pressures from the Budget have forced police to remove 100 police officers from road patrols. That will lead to more deaths on the road.”  

Last month’s Budget gave police close to $300 million extra over four years, the first significant boost in five years, most of which will go towards covering pay increases.

Asked if more money was needed, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said many serious crashes were down to poor driver choices.

“Most of the issues that we are seeing on the road are about really bad decision-making, regardless of more or less money for the police.

“If drugs are prevalent, or too much drink, or fleeing from police, or not wearing a seatbelt or not putting the kids in a seatbelt, or not wearing a helmet, actually there are a lot of decisions made, which sadly play out really, really badly for the people and their families.”

Our commenter George has some facts and figures to help Nash out.

Let’s look at a few facts shall we Stuart. For the first eight years (2000-2007) of the Clark Labour administration there were 3,537 road fatalities. During the first eight years (2008-2015) of the Key National administration there were 2,585 road fatalities. That is a significant 27% decline in road fatalities. 952 additional people remained alive on our roads under National’s watch than under Labour’s over a corresponding period. There were ten more deaths on our roads for every month of Labour’s tenure. That is “disastrous”.

If you Stuart, are prepared to hold the government to account for the Queen’s Birthday spike in the road toll and then calling it “disastrous” and as a result of under funding, then isn’t it only fair that you and your party may have some explaining to do regarding the 952 additional road fatalities that occurred under your watch?

“Louder Stuart! Can’t hear you”.

I’ll give Stuart the same advice I gave Kelvin Davis two days ago…never go full retard. If he isn’t listening he will be lining up to ask questions about this of Judith Collins, then we will know he has gone full retard.

 

– ODT


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