Jacinda proves she is a silly little girl by attacking treasury too

Jacinda Arden has shown how silly she is by attacking treasury for advice on Phil Twyford’s forlorn KiwiBuild project: Quote:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her housing minister was wrong to call Treasury officials “kids”but has sided with him in disagreeing with their view that the Government’s Kiwibuild promises are too ambitious.

But rather than get personal, the Government would “just get on and build houses” to prove Treasury wrong, Ardern said. End quote.

Good luck with that. Seven months down the track and all Twyford has done is relabel some houses started under National. Not a single new house has been built or planned. Quote:

Housing Minister Phil Twyford last week slammed the “kids at Treasury” over an analysis that halved the impact Kiwbuild would have on residential construction, which contradicted a sunnier forecast from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

In the Budget documentation on Thursday, Treasury analysts reduced the amount of additional residential investment they believe the Government’s flagship Kiwibuild policy will bring in by 2023, down from $5.4b in December to $2.5b last week.

The prediction does not point to the number of homes actually being built, but does look into the value of additional residential investment as part of the home-building scheme – value that mostly comes from actual home construction.

Twyford called Treasury “kids” who were “fresh out of university and they’re completely disconnected from reality”.

Ardern said she and Finance Minister Grant Robertson also disagreed with Treasury over its Kiwibuild forecasts.

“In fact MBIE take a different view from Treasury and that’s not unusual … we often have two government departments with competing views.

“One of the things Treasury hasn’t taken into account, for instance … some of the elements of Kiwibuild which include buying off the plans so there are some different mechanisms they’ve used to make those forecasts.” End quote.

Treasury are pretty smart. Attacking them like this shows how much pressure the government are under. Quote:

Twyford’s comments have upset public sector union the PSA. Its national secretary, Glenn Barclay, said it was disappointed by the minister’s “personalised” comments.

“It is public servants’ job to give free, frank and fearless advice to politicians. Sometimes, this will involve giving those politicians advice they do not like – but that is their role in ensuring an open and transparent democracy,” Barclay said.

“The age of the public servants who prepared this advice is irrelevant, as their work is endorsed by their Department – in this case, Treasury. We would hope the Minister reflects on this incident and chooses not to take this tack in the future.” End quote.

It is poor form, especially considering that when in opposition Labour’s then leader, Andrew Little, attacked Gerry Brownlee for criticising treasury: Quote:

Labour Party leader Andrew Little has called Mr Brownlee arrogant for dismissing the report.

Treasury produced “considered reports” that provided options to ministers, he said.

“It is totally wrong and arrogant in my view for a minister of Gerry Brownlee’s seniority to be dismissing that work in the way that he has.” End quote.

Maybe Jacinda might like to have a chat with Andrew Little about her and Twyford’s arrogance.


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