TRP Adviser 21 July 2017

This week we learned many things.

The Greens are not 100% pure, the NZ Labour Party has woken from its slumbers and, sorry, Shane, NZ First is still a one-man band.

Metiria Turei’s announcement that she bent the benefit rules was not in itself a particularly shocking revelation. I mean, who hasn’t indulged in some creative accounting, some under the table tax avoidance or some pilfered office supplies?

Paula Bennett, that’s who!

Yes, it turns out that the Sainted Paula led a life of bleak austerity and blind obedience while a beneficiary and it never so much as crossed her mind to forget a flatty or two, get into a relationship without applying for permission from WINZ or start her fledgling property portfolio without fudging the figures.

So those of you thinking that Turei’s mea culpa was actually aimed at embarrassing the Deputy Prime Minister a mere week after a Facebook poster was threatened with legal action for allegedly defaming her should be ashamed of yourselves. Ashamed I say!

The Labour Party has finally come up with a policy that genuinely challenges National. Pitching themselves as the party that will spend our tax dollars on health, education and families rather than tax cuts for the well-off is genius stuff.

Ok, it’s not Sanders or Corbyn level radicalism, but it makes it really simple for voters. If you care for your country, you’ll be voting Labour this election. If you are that self-centred that $20 off your top tier tax bill is more of a priority, then you’ll keep voting National as usual. You heartless bastard.

Well done Labour. More of this, please.

Welcome to NZ First, Shane Jones. Please take a seat at the back and stop talking. In fact, stop anything that resembles a sign of independent thought and just remember this is Winston’s Party and he’ll make up any damn policy he likes any time he likes.

Winston’s brain fart on holding a referendum on the maori seats has backfired beautifully. He’s had to back track on who might vote in the referendum, hinting that it might be just those on the maori roll who get to decide. Then flip flopping on that, because he belatedly realised that maori roll voters had already made up their mind.

Being on the maori roll is a conscious decision. Nobody already on that roll is going to vote to do away with the maori seats. Nobody.

Ok, Winston might gain a redneck vote or two by bashing maori, but he seems to have forgotten that he gets a fair few party votes from those seven seats. Maybe not so much now.

I guess he’ll still get the tick from Shane Jones, who is, ya know, actually on the maori roll. But the message to the newest Peters protégé is clear; you’re not even in my thoughts, big fulla.

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24 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 21, 2017

    Love your work, TRP. 👍🏼 😀

    • PDB

       /  July 21, 2017

      I agree in the respect that it reminds me how dumb some on the left are.

  2. Pitching Labour as a the party to health spend? Don’t have a problem with that expressed intent, but I have a massive one with actual health outcomes per dollar spend.

    People of a certain age remembering Labour’s last terms might wonder how this “spend” might be allocated?

    Will it be their usual – I.e. more bureaucrats? My memory is long and I can’t remember better social, educational or health outcomes under them. In fact au contraire – when the Nats got in they transformed the health service in particular.

    In 2008 the public health system provided 118,000 elective operations. In 2013/14 it was 161,933. A huge increase of 44,000

    In 2008 only 65% of people requiring cancer treatment got it within four weeks. Many had to go to Australia to get treatment. Today every DHB has 100% of people needing cancer treatment getting it within four weeks

    In 2014 there were 3,289 more nurses, 1,589 more doctors and 1,000 fewer health managers and administrators since 2008

    In 2008 only 70% of people in Emergency Departments were treated within six hours. In 2014 it was 94%

    In 2008 only 76% of two year olds were immunised (on time). In 2014 it was 93%.

    Now things are even better.

    ED treatment within six hours – 95%, up from 70% in 2008
    123,585 elective surgical procedures in 9 months compared to 118,000 for all of 2008
    100% get radiotherapy or chemotherapy within four weeks of decision to treat, up from 65% in 2008
    93% of infants immunised compared to 76% in 2008
    96% of hospitalised smokers given advice on how to quit, up from 17% in 2010
    89% of smokers seeing a primary care professional given advice on ow to quit, up from 30% in 2013
    88% of eligible population have had a cardiovascular risk assessment in last five years, up from 46% in 2012

    Beat that TRP and Labour.

    • Labour are never shy with the spending of our hard earned money, they simply don’t have a recent history of delivery and the lot that followed them do.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 21, 2017

    Glorious alt-think:
    spend our tax dollars on health, education and families rather than tax cuts for the well-off

    1. Tax cuts are exactly not spending our tax dollars
    2. Most of Labour’s promises will have to be paid for with borrowed money.

  4. adamsmith1922

     /  July 21, 2017

    My apologies, but I found this post confusing and full of rubbish.

    • Gezza

       /  July 21, 2017

      So was Monty Python’s Flying Circus but I still enjoyed it.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 21, 2017

        Sorry, had to give you an uptick for that.

        • Gezza

           /  July 21, 2017

          I accept your apology Al. I know how hard it is for you to give them. ❤️ 🍀🍀 👍🏼

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  July 21, 2017

            Yes, I was sorry for me not you, G.

            • Gezza

               /  July 21, 2017

              I feel for anyone in pain with low self-esteem, Al. Just try & think positive. It’ll be ok. 🤕

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 21, 2017

              Just discovered my wife didn’t like Monty Python. That makes both of them. Think it’s the female genes.

            • Gezza

               /  July 21, 2017

              They should try Levis Al. Other genes can make ladies’ bums look big.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 21, 2017

              I think they probably do, G.

            • Gezza

               /  July 21, 2017

              If that’s in reference to my 2nd sentence, I wouldn’t show ya Mrs this convo, Al … 😬

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 21, 2017

              Maybe not, G. But I’m comfortable with it.

      • Now for something completely…..

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