Recall Labour saying the regions are missing out on economic growth?

February 28th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Labour really can’t get a break. Almost every economic issue they have targeted, their timing has been woeful.

Their manufactured manufacturing crisis has become a joke, as the sector has record confidence.

Their targeting of the exodus to Australia has seen Australian flocking to New Zealand.

And their claims that the provinces are missing out, with only the three big cities getting – well, here’s the ANZ measurement of economic growth in the last quarter, in order from largest to smallest.

  1. West Coast 2.4%
  2. Northland 2.4%
  3. Canterbury 2.1%
  4. Waikato 2.0%
  5. Otago 1.9%
  6. Manawatu-Whanganui 1.6%
  7. Bay of Plenty 1.6%
  8. Southland 1.5%
  9. Hawke’s Bay 1.5%
  10. Gisborne 1.1%
  11. Nelson-Marlborough 0.9%
  12. Taranaki 0.7%
  13. Wellington 0.2%
  14. Auckland -0.1%

Maybe Labour could start campaigning on the crime rate, as that would probably see it drop even quicker than it currently is!

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14 Responses to “Recall Labour saying the regions are missing out on economic growth?”

  1. vibenna (305 comments) says:

    Recall Labour saying child poverty was a problem?

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  2. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    The two worst performers have the ding-batiest mayors

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  3. tvb (4,421 comments) says:

    Child poverty is caused by a whole lot of welfare bludgers trying to be parents who smoke and drink. Of course a child born into that will be raised in poverty. Labour’s solution is more money to be spend on booze.

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  4. Odakyu-sen (652 comments) says:

    I dislike the term “child poverty.” Since no child earns an income, they are all “poor.”

    I like terms that seek to identify the root of the problem. How about “parenting skill poverty”?

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  5. James Stephenson (2,177 comments) says:

    Message to David Cunliffe: Please could you make a speech about the crisis at the Hurricanes, how they’re crap and will never win anything? It’s about time we had a trophy.

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  6. alloytoo (542 comments) says:

    What is frightening to me, is just how consistently wrong they are, and how their proposed solutions are more likely to create problems than solve them.

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  7. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    Alloytoo, that’s not a bug, that’s a feature. If their proposed solutions actually resolved the issue of “poverty” that would reduce their vote and hence reduce the power of party members to dictate to the hoi-polloi how their lives should be lived. Therefore their policies are quite specifically designed to sound like solutions but won’t actually work; in fact they are typically quite specifically intended to worsen the problem in such a way that more people are in metaphorical poverty and thus can be counted upon to support even more of the same that will…you get the picture.

    The most important part though is to be SEEN to be addressing the issue with emotions on display, moral signalling to show that you are really a “better and more deserving” person, worthy of political support.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Exactly Ed

    Viscount Cunners, home renovator of Marine Parade Herne Bay, is clearly a Reggie Perrin fan.

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  9. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    Bringing up old debated issues but not bringing up the biggest story of the time, the Whittel letter, do you really think your readers like being treated with such clear partiality

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  10. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    We’re on a roll in Northland all right. Just wait till the Holiday Highway is done!

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  11. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    tvb: A truer statement has never been made. The more money throw at these breeders for income, the more the bottle stores, pubs, clubs, dope dealers, pokies, etc, will receive. Till we stop paying losers to breed unwanted kids for taxpayers to feed, house, clothe, and constantly maintain, we will have so-called poverty, being the new left-wing buzzword.

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  12. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    tvb and igm: “Child poverty is caused by a whole lot of welfare bludgers trying to be parents who smoke and drink. Of course a child born into that will be raised in poverty.”

    Okay your big chance to say exactly, specifically, what you would do to change the situation. I await your positive responses.

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  13. georgebolwing (853 comments) says:

    There is a fundamental difference in attitude, not philosophy or idology, between National and Labour.

    Labour are saying that things are bad and getting worse.

    National are saying that things are good and getting better.

    AS DFP notes, the problem for Labour is that whenever they say things are bad and getting worse, along comes some data to say that things are good and getting better.

    The most important finding from all the opinion poles is that a large majority of New Zealand voters are saying that the country is heading in th right direction. Sop a large majority of New Zealanders fundamentally disagree with Labour.

    Labour therefore has two choices: make sure that a very large proportion of people who agree with it vote for them, and hope like hell that a large proportion of people who agree with National don’t vote out of complacency. Or, it can change its message and start agreeing with the majority and campaign on the idea that it has better ideas than National to make things even better.

    The appointment of McCarten shows that they are pursuing the former strategy.

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  14. jcuk (686 comments) says:

    The solution Doggone7 is simple …. birth control. Teaching people it is not their god given right to procreate, despite what some damm fool churches say [ bearing in mind that churches are humans and not the word of God], and they should only have chidren that they can realistically expect to bring up bearing in mind the uncertainty of modern life. A political party which encourages families to have children is totally irresponsible and quite unfit to be government.

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