Key gives Govt 8/10 for 2012
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 8:15a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Prime Minister John Key is giving his Government "an eight out of 10" for its performance in 2012.
Despite the controversy of the Kim Dotcom arrest, rising unemployment and public suspicion surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, he believes his ministers have performed "pretty well" through 2012.
"The one number that sticks a bit is the unemployment rate, but actually outside of that things are generally on the improve," he told Firstline this morning.
Mr Key says the Government is focused on lowering the unemployment rate, which now sits at a 12-year high of 7.3 percent.
“We can have the odd make-work scheme but they don’t achieve a lot. The much bigger issue is getting out there and saying, 'Okay, how do we create that environment that ensures people will take on jobs?'"
Mr Key says New Zealanders are saving, not spending, which is hurting the job market.
"We have to give those New Zealand businesses confidence… it’s a major focus of attention."
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24/12/2012 1:34:22 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
John Key hasn't clarified his 'assessment' of 8 out of 10.He must have forgotten about the negative sign in front of the 8 out of 10. For example he probably more likely meant his "Brighter Future" National government is between -8 out of -10.
Whilst he living in his own little Planet Key of make-believe he and his cronies fail to truly see what their actions are doing to ordinary NZers.
Still it's easy for him to say this "8 out of 10".He has received a wonderful back-dated pay increase.If he was only given an extra 20 cents an hour as a pay increase maybe he would view things more realistically.
To date all National seems intent on is selling NZ and taxing the population of NZers still here into oblivion.Additional taxes no matter what form they are packaged in are still taxes.Finding reasons for creating more taxes isn't currying favour with those voters National has now alienated themselves from.But yet come next election lead-up they,the politicians,will be 'shaking hands with the great unwashed' as a National Party supporter calls the bribing of voters.
It would be so lovely if we had a list of all election promises this government and probably many past ones have broken once they get into parliament.
But then as a tutor once said to my class in the early 80s; parliament is full of liars. Just swap 4 of the letters about in the word Parliament and one realises the truth in that statement.
21/12/2012 1:34:38 p.m.
Amusing reading all these anti JK posts...must be hell for you guys lol.
Thing is, I can't see ANY other politician that would lead any better.
21/12/2012 1:05:58 p.m.
24% is the unemployment figure. U6 rate is the true figure to follow.
21/12/2012 10:03:05 a.m.
We would be in a worse state under Labour, but having said that, I give 0 out of 10 for the Dotcom debacle.
20/12/2012 10:46:15 p.m.
8 out of 10. That's an A in any exam I took at school. Lets see: a 13 year high on unemployment, a destructive currency bubble, a desire to create more problem gamblers and to concentrate them in the Auckland CBD, bending over to a foreign power and letting them insert themselves in whatever part of our country they wish, a structural de-funding of youth programs that have been proven to reduce crime and poverty. I'd give him a 2 out of 10, two points for Key being a loveable clown.This case illustrates a clear example of why students aren't allowed to grade themselves!
19/12/2012 5:07:22 p.m.
100 % pure Bat Shit. At 02.23 Key says the deficit for next year will be 4 or 5 Billion.The Treasury's half-year economic and fiscal update (18.12.2012) forecast a deficit in the current financial year of $7.3 billion.
19/12/2012 8:03:21 a.m.
Hahahaha. He's a jokester alright is our PM. 8 out of 10....brilliant.That was a loaded question and he couldn't help but fall into the trap. I think he's given himself a point for every debacle National have caused or presided over. I love the way he casually said if you basically move the unemployment figures off the table,the picture looks pretty good?? Kinda like saying, if you ignore the moronic handling of Ross Taylor, the NZ Cricket Board have done a bang up job....yeah right! If you look back over just the last year, there hasn't been a month where the govt has been free of controversy of some kind. The ongoing increase in our over-valued currency, the ongoing blundering of the Pike River situation, the ongoing problems with CHCH rezoning and the indefinite wait for homeowners, the ongoing quick-fire sale of the countries money making assets, the ongoing uncertainty of CHCH schools, the David Bain compensation face-plant, the ongoing absolute crisis of the 'Nevapay' joke and the ongoing exporting of low income kiwis to Aussie as if that migration trend needed any help. 8 out of 10, dang! How out of touch has this National govt become with the real world in NZ. It wasn't so long ago that Jonkey was on the TV endorsing the great work of Hekia Parata, ahhhh? I nearly forgot the Kim.dotcom mess, the John Banks anonymous,(solicited for in person) donation envelopes, the upsizing attempt in NZ classrooms and the inevitable retraction of that idea, leaks from Social Welfare, the hammering down of kiwi actors to cut a deal in Hollywood, the Casino sell out and the GCSB lies. I not sure why Jonkey just didn't go ahead and give himself a perfect '10' looking back at their amazing track record....things are getting so pathetic it's like watching a slow motion collision happening. And the court jester awards himself and his team....8 out of 10...like I said at the start of this piece,...hahahaha!
19/12/2012 1:15:07 a.m.
It's not that long since Bill English was exhorting us all to save more, and now Key is whining that we're saving instead of spending, thus hurting the business sector. Can it be that he and his mates are just making it all up as they go along...?
18/12/2012 8:14:32 p.m.
settle down he's just amended his mistake
18/12/2012 8:12:39 p.m.
Can this guy even remember what went on let alone how well?
a former national party voter
he's such a smoothie
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