The National Party are lying to us when it comes to their facts, figures and statistics. There are certain lines that each of the members has at one stage or another repeated. For example low unemployment, budget surplus, low crime rate, booming economy, like little repetitive catchphrases put out there to fool us.
This week I read a poster put out by National to do with their unemployment figures. It got me thinking, as it didn’t ring true compared with the life I live and my experiences in it, and the people I come across as well.
I am classed as a stay at home mum. I am neither employed, nor unemployed in anyone’s figures. I am in the position of stay at home mum who really needs to work. I’ve been looking. Luckily for the kids and I we are fully financially supported by my husband, but that makes me no part in their measuring tool. I am not unemployed because I don’t claim a benefit. How many more mum’s and dad’s are out there who are not included in the unemployment figure? Quite a lot is my guess. The other side of the unemployment numbers are the people who for whatever reason don’t claim any benefit, but are still unemployed or under employed. I know several people who support their own lifestyles but don’t work in the traditional way and are not registered as unemployed with anyone. These people are also not counted in the unemployment statistics. It really is a figure of people coming off a benefit into as little as 1 hour of work a week. The figures are fudged, they are wrong and portray an incorrect picture.
I believe the same can be also said of the crime statistics. Certain crimes have been taken off the list of measured crime, removed from the stats completely. Alongside that is the police under reporting crime and the public also under reporting. Wow look, the crime rate has dropped. Compared to a completely differently compared list, of course it has. They are counting different things, so it is impossible to compare one to the other. Our crime rate has not dropped, the way we measure it now has changed.
These things lead me to believe that if you apply this theory to all the other facts and figures that National quote, then it will probably be a repetitive theme. Conveniently missing out certain facts and figures and hand picking which results to publish. Recently during the budget it was a widely used tactic to try and hide the record high national debt by endlessly repeating “budget surplus”. That is all many people heard from this year’s budget. Not true, there is no real surplus once you offset it against our country’s debt. Fudging figures and very careful choice of words once again. Proof to me that it is in fact a constant tactic for National’s release of statistics. Take a good look at what you are being fed by media, look a little deeper and you will find the lies and omissions are everywhere you look and in everything they say.