Cunliffe being tricky with figures again

July 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

3 News reports:

“Would slippery John like to confirm why the budget is 2.3 percent lower today when he took office?” rebuts Mr Cunliffe.

I thought this couldn’t be right, so I checked.

In 2008 Vote Education was $10.78 billion.

In 2014 Vote Education was $10.12 billion.

So maybe is right. Has National cut education spending?

Nope.

A bit of detective work determines that in 2008, Vote Education includes tertiary education. In 2014, it is a separate vote. Very tricky, eh.

So what is Vote Education in 2014, if you include tertiary education, as was done in 2008.

That adds on $3.04 billion to make it $13.16 billion. That is not 2.3% lower. That’s 22.1% higher!!

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21 Responses to “Cunliffe being tricky with figures again”

  1. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    Maybe he was too busy apologizing for being a man to research the figures correctly

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  2. jp_1983 (225 comments) says:

    He’s sorry.
    He is a man

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  3. jp_1983 (225 comments) says:

    *snap

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  4. Ross12 (1,453 comments) says:

    That’s just another case of the Labour party hoping lazy research ( or blatant lying ) can get past the MSM.
    These guys want to run the country. I doubt they would be able to tell the time correctly, if asked.

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  5. All_on_Red (1,643 comments) says:

    He is just completely hopeless

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  6. srylands (414 comments) says:

    Another example of what happens if you don’t have the Treasury secondee on hand to check this stuff.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/05/this_explains_a_lot_with_labours_sums.html

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  7. tvb (4,497 comments) says:

    A Prime Minister does not make these sort of mistakes. I hope John Key shoves it right up him.

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  8. BeaB (2,142 comments) says:

    Just imagine him in charge of the budget. And facing Key, English and Joyce on the opposite benches.

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  9. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    I just cannot wait to watch this clown facing up to John Key in Leaders’ debate…..

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  10. I Say Look Here (57 comments) says:

    Maybe calling him tricky is giving him credit for intelligence he doesn’t deserve. Maybe he just genuinely didn’t know the tertiary education spend wasn’t included.

    Tricky or dumb, he ain’t no Prime Minister.

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  11. greenjacket (482 comments) says:

    It usual practice before an MP opens their mouth like this, they check the facts first with either their party research unit or the parliamentary library.

    Yet again, it shows that Cunliffe just makes shit up, and that he is too lazy/incompetent to do even basic fact checking first.

    Now it is interesting that Cunliffe is a bullshitter (and I think that 91% of the population know that Cunliffe can’t be trusted), and that the Labour Party can’t do simple research. But what is concerning is that the MSM media are happy to repeat such nonsense, and there is no criticism of Cunliffe by journalists when he makes shit up.

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  12. Tarquin North (352 comments) says:

    I can’t believe this prat apologised for being a man. Helen was far more successful than I thought. We’ve had the man ban, what next eunucs only?

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  13. Sporteone (49 comments) says:

    The more I look at some of the photos of David Cunliffe, the more I think he played the part of the ‘Joker’ in Batman. His smile has two lines either side of his face.

    If it wasn’t him, then he should have played the part. This man is nothing but a joke ans shouldn’t even be taking a seat in parliament. Mind you, I think he will be shown the door once National get back in and govern alone. But then we will have to put up with the 2I/C. I don’t know which is worse.

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  14. flipper (4,197 comments) says:

    No, it is NOT lazy research, or an error.

    It is deliberate, a la Joseph Goebbels.

    Anyone working in the political arena would know the difference in presentation between 2008 and 3013.
    Labour deliberately chose to mislead. ALL THEY NEEDED WAS A GRAIN OF “TRUTH”. They found it, and painted a false picture.

    They work on the basis that the great unwashed (and the media children) just listen to/for the sound bite. The fact is that from his point of view it works.

    What we folks need to do, as DPF has done, is to point out what this fuck wit is up to.

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  15. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    Labour knows that some people like TV3 will broadcast their lies. They don’t care about the truth because that is not reported by the broadcaster. They are trained to lie.

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  16. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    Rumours are circling to the effect that cunners is a blithering fuckwit.

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  17. Richard Hurst (870 comments) says:

    As has been pointed out already by other comments here, the truth doesn’t matter to Cunliffe or his pets at TV3- shove out a sound bite, create a false impression then move on to the next one and don’t linger too long on each claim or accusation otherwise you risk having it proved false. It’s an old trick and Cunliffe is very much an old dog who can’t learn new tricks bit like the Labour party itself these days.

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  18. Bill Ted (93 comments) says:

    You’re allowed to lie in Opposition. It’s one of the only perks.

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  19. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    This bastard Cunliffe is great one to refer to another person as slippery. “Tojo” would be slimier than Goff, a bigger liar than Dalziell, and a bigger wimp than Norman. After his pathetic apology today, I tend to wonder if he is not another bloody rainbow in drag. The only ones he need apologise for are the arseholes that support his envious party of deviant misfits and abusers.

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  20. Steve (North Shore) (4,587 comments) says:

    What do they teach at Harvard?

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  21. gravedodger (1,568 comments) says:

    Irrelevant, the slimeball lying Cnut didn’t go to Harvard he attended a Kennedy school for a few weeks, nearby.

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