Bite-sized political nuggets

chicken nuggets

Inspired by the ACT party bulletin, here are some bite-sized political nuggets, to sum up, the latest evidence of the government putting PR ahead of good policy.

Soundbites without substance:

At a dinner hosted by the Queen on Friday, Prime Minister Ardern used a Maori proverb, “What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people.” She begged the other leaders at the dinner to remember that their role was to serve and improve the lives of their people. I don’t know which people she was referring to but it certainly wasn’t all the Maori students and high priority learners in New Zealand and their families who are desperate for their charter schools where they thrive to stay open.

Rather than serving and improving the lives of these students’ lives Education minister Chris Hipkins has said that charter schools are a blight on our educational system and that there is no place for them.

Cowardice and ignorance from the left:

Cowardly Education minister Chris Hipkins failed to show up on Newshub Nation this weekend to defend his indefensible charter school policy. Instead, he sent in Union boss Whetu Cormick who unsurprisingly was completely unable to defend the government’s actions and showed his ignorance of the fact that charter schools employ registered teachers. Quote:

He wouldn’t defend the state system’s abysmal record of failure of Maori students.

 

He couldn’t dispute the fact that charter schools are getting better academic outcomes for students. End of quote.

 

Destroying the Taranaki economy:

 

The Taranaki economy is made up of interdependent businesses. Fitzroy Engineering, for example, employs four hundred highly-skilled employees and depends on the oil and gas industry. By banning new oil and gas exploration, the government is destroying businesses and costing people their jobs.

What does the future hold?

The Green party seem to think that clean and cheap technologies which can meet all New Zealand’s future energy needs will soon become a reality.

If they are right this will mean that the oil and gas industries have wasted millions of dollars of investment in New Zealand.

If their prediction is wrong, the government will have deprived New Zealand of vital and reliable energy sources and once the investment dollars have left New Zealand we will not be able to easily get them back again. Quote:

Who should we expect is more likely to be right about our energy future?

The oil and gas industry, which has skin in the game and every incentive to get their investments right? Or former student politicians looking for a PR opportunity?End of quote.


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