Some Labour quotes on the recovery

November 9th, 2011 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

have released:

Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe has released 15 quotes from John Key and Bill English that show they have consistently talked up an economic recovery …

Now it is true that the economic recovery has not been as strong as was projected. There are of course some strong external factors at play again like Europe and the Canterbury earthquakes, but putting that aside, whom else can we find talking up the recovery? Perhaps we can even find some politicians who claimed the Government was too cautious about the recovery, and they should start spending up large? Let’s see what Mr Google finds:

  1. First we have Phil Goff saying there was a global crisis in 2008, but that it was all over by 2009. http://www.3news.co.nz/Sub-zero-Budget-worst-in-27-years—Goff/tabid/419/articleID/211868/Default.aspx#ixzz1d9dDbU5O. Someone tell Silvio.
  2. Then we have David Parker demanding that “All New Zealanders must get their fair share in recovery”. A refrain repeated often.
    The better than expected GDP figures released today serve as a reminder to the National led Government that all Kiwis must share in the recovery, Labour’s Associate Finance spokesperson David Parker said.
    “With growth tracking faster than expected Kiwis should look forward to some relief from the Government’s 2010. The stronger than expected recovery gives the Government more room to move as it prepares for the May 2010 Budget.
    “Now the is showing strong signs of growth National must work to ensure all Kiwis share in it.”
    http://labour.org.nz/news/all-new-zealanders-must-get-their-fair-share-recovery
  3. This one is my favourite – David Cunliffe actually accuses the Government of “trying to play down the extent of the recovery”
    Kiwis deserve to share in stronger recovery
    Better-than-expected economic forecasts should be reflected in a Budget in 2010 that allows all New Zealanders to share as much as possible in the recovery, says Labour Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe.
    David Cunliffe says today’s Budget Policy Statement is significantly more pessimistic than the latest Reserve Bank’s prediction.
    “The Government is still trying to play down the extent of the recovery, but whether you use Reserve Bank or Treasury forecasts, it is clear that hard-working Kiwis, who have been struggling to make ends meet throughout the recession, must be to the fore of the Government’s priorities in next year’s Budget.
    “The fact that Finance Minister Bill English is trying to play down the level of recovery is a worrying sign, but Kiwis want positive reinforcement that the country is on the mend.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/kiwis-deserve-share-stronger-recovery
  4. The fact that the number of full-time equivalent jobs and total paid hours declined in the December quarter shows that thousands of hard-working Kiwis are not sharing in the economic recovery, says Labour Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/declining-opportunities-grim-news-struggling-kiwis
  5. Goff – Fortunately, the rest of the world’s largest economies are already on the road to recovery from the global financial crisis too.
    Because our trading partners are growing stronger, today, the outlook for New Zealand is much better.
    New Zealand will benefit from international economic recovery come this year, with the IMF projecting world economic growth of 3.9 per cent.
    At the start of the Government’s term in office, we announced our driving goal was to grow the New Zealand economy.
    Today it’s clear we need to widen our goal. As the recovery unfolds, it is essential that the gains are enjoyed by the people who were called upon to make the greatest sacrifice in the tough times.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/higher-incomes-prime-minister%E2%80%99s-statement-parliament-proposed-new-zealand-labour-party
  6. Goff – So with the international economy starting to recover, what is being done to ensure New Zealand will gain fully from the benefits of the recovery, and that ordinary hard-working but hard-pressed New Zealander families will share those benefits?
    http://labour.org.nz/news/speech-labour-not-relaxed-about-government%E2%80%99s-deals-reward-privilege
  7. Mallard – “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, either in one step if it is prepared to be bold, or over two years, would show it is serious about wanting to close the wage gap as well as sending a strong signal that it wants all New Zealanders, not just those at the top, to share in the fruits of the economic recovery.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/kiwis-national-let%E2%80%99s-have-decent-minimum-wage-rise
  8. “Now that an economic recovery is starting to take hold, National must ensure that all New Zealanders, not just a privileged few, share in the benefits of changes to the tax system, but Mr Key is trying to soften up the genuine expectations of lowest-paid Kiwis that their sacrifices will not have been in vain,” Stuart Nash said.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/astounding-40-percent-tax-claim-arrogant-and-wrong
  9. Lianne Dalziel says the second Forum, organised by the New Zealand International Business Forum, is being held at an opportune time as signs of economic recovery in both countries allow a focus on developing new economic opportunities and other forms of co-operation.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/japan-new-zealand-forum-will-seek-build-stronger-partnership-between-two-countries
  10. A chance to share the benefits of international economic recovery across all New Zealanders.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/phil-goffs-reply-prime-ministers-statement-parliament
  11. “The Crown Accounts released today confirm that ACC’s assets are benefiting from signs of international economic recovery as anticipated,” says David Parker.
    http://labour.org.nz/news/crown-accounts-further-proof-government-scaremongering-over-acc

So really a massive own goal by Labour. They spent two years demanding the Government spend more money because they kept themselves proclaiming how strong the recovery was, and in fact their finance spokesperson even accused the Government of talking the recovery down.

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19 Responses to “Some Labour quotes on the recovery”

  1. tvb (4,563 comments) says:

    Google makes this sort of research easy and valuable. The labour campaign is degenerating into farce, firing off anything like demented catherine wheel.

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  2. david@tokyo (260 comments) says:

    Labour are behaving like a party that’s about to lose an election, shambolic. National obviously haven’t done badly enough to get the boot yet.

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  3. Black with a Vengeance (1,868 comments) says:

    National obviously haven’t done badly enough to get the boot yet.

    preception is not reality…

    When they do get the boot they’ll leave a hole in the nations finances that didn’t exist previously and saddle the country with debt for generations to come, cos by then not only will the cupboards be bare, but they would have sold the bloody things as well.

    i’m still hoping NZ wakes up and smells the fire before the sale.

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  4. Henry64 (83 comments) says:

    BWAV

    People’s perception is their reality.

    I think you are talking about Labour in 2008, leaving the cupboard bare and the country facing a decade of deficits thanks to all of their rash vote buying schemes in the shape of WFF and interest-free student loans.

    I’m looking forward to getting a real shareholding in some SoEs.

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  5. jaba (2,147 comments) says:

    the Dominion had one of those live chat shows .. Chucky C is a nasty vindictive prick

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  6. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    David Farrar says:- “whom else can we find talking up the recovery?”

    Point of grammar:

    You use ‘who’ when ‘who’ is the *subject* in a sentence.

    You use ‘whom’ when ‘whom’ is the *object* in a sentence.

    So, for the above sentence, it should have been “who else…..etc”.

    Had you made ‘the recovery’ the subject of the sentence, then you could have used ‘whom’ as the object.

    As follows:

    “the recovery was found to be talked up by whom?”

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  7. Black with a Vengeance (1,868 comments) says:

    People’s perception is their reality.

    and they’d be wrong !

    but enough with the decade of deficits myth already. I know it’s got a nice simplistic ring to it that Key and co can run and echo for masses but it’s, in reality, just another LIE.

    And naturally, if the state asset firesale does go ahead I’m astute enough to know that it’s in my, and my families, best interest to get shares and hold on to them to ensure we still partially control and own our future.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    Thanks for that Scott.

    Pedantic when it doesn’t matter: CHECK
    Condescending: CHECK
    Petulant: CHECK
    Tool: NOT FOR ME TO COMMENT

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  9. Bovver (173 comments) says:

    There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren’t telling the truth – their lips move.
    Felicity Kendall

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  10. joe bloggs (126 comments) says:

    David this is an outstanding rebuttal to Cunliffe’s desperately shabby game-playing, and it deserves wider coverage.

    One supposes that the MSM will provide some form of repeater coverage in the next few days as they trawl through the various blogs. But it is disappointing nevertheless that the MSM haven’t already done the homework themselves and called Cunliffe to task on his duplicities.

    Clearly the Labour apparatchiks have still not learned from 2008 that their sly innuendos, name-calling, spin-doctoring and outright lies don’t advance their cause one little bit. Long may they languish in the ranks of the opposition minor parties.

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  11. joe bloggs (126 comments) says:

    Scott @1:43pm, why not have a dig at John Key’s diction while you’re at it seeing as you seem to prefer style over substance?

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  12. East Wellington Superhero (1,139 comments) says:

    That’s the problem with lying. You have to remember all the lies you’ve told.

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  13. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    Henry64: I think you are talking about Labour in 2008, leaving the cupboard bare and the country facing a decade of deficits thanks to all of their rash vote buying schemes in the shape of WFF and interest-free student loans.

    Ah that’s why National canceled middle classs welfare and interest free student loans and that’s why the deficit is gone!

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  14. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    thedavincimode complains:- “Pedantic when it doesn’t matter: CHECK”

    Why doesn’t it matter?

    >>”Condescending: CHECK”

    Why was it condescending? Or petulant?

    Now don’t scurry off and pretend you haven’t heard. Explain to me why pointing out a grammatical error is such a faux pas in your mind Dav.

    You seem to have no qualms in pointing out what you perceive to be the flaws in my character…(again)
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    joe bloggs says:- “why not have a dig at John Key’s diction”

    You mean his slight Austrian pronunciation? Why would I do that? A lot of Kiwis with parents whose first language isn’t English carry a trace of that in their accent. Where do you think the Kiwi accent came from?

    John Key is quite articulate on the whole.

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  15. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    Sorry Scott, did you say something?

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  16. Too Right (4 comments) says:

    Nah DaVinci he didn’t.

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  17. david@tokyo (260 comments) says:

    BWAV,

    Well the polls seem to suggest my reality is close to the real one. I can’t even be bothered to vote this time (for the first time). It’s never been so clear cut since I’ve been eligible to vote.

    > know that it’s in my, and my families, best interest to get shares and hold on to them to ensure we still partially control and own our future.

    Yeah you’ll get to decide what you want to own a piece of, rather than have a bunch of clown politicians (often pandering for votes) deciding what you’re going to own a piece of. Not such a bad thing IMO, unless one thinks the politicians pandering for votes know better than the people who elected them.

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  18. lofty (1,317 comments) says:

    Good stuff BWAVolvo….keep the deflection going, you are doing a job…pathetic but a job none the less.

    Have you never heard the truism…walk to the booth to vote National in…drive to the booth to vote National out????

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  19. Black with a Vengeance (1,868 comments) says:

    Nah who said that lofty, and what does it mean ?

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