Achievable vs nonsensical

The Herald reports:

Ardern said a Government would focus on students by putting mental health teams in every state secondary school.

She said Labour’s target for New Zealand’s suicide rates would be zero: “Because anything else suggests we have a tolerance for loss to suicide in New Zealand.”

I prefer the Government to have achievable targets rather than nonsencial ones that just make people feel good. A target such as “reduce the suicide rate by 10%” doesn’t mean we want anyone to kill themselves any more than a target such as “reduce the road toll by 10%” doesn’t mean we want people to die in road accidents.

Using this logic, we should have a target of a zero road toll, zero unemployment and zero accidents in the workplace.

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