The National Party are following Steven Joyce’s $11.7billion dollar budget hole example of bare faced lying and grotesque misinterpretation of the facts to enrage their redneck raw meat reactionary voters by insinuating the new aid budget (the majority of which is going to Pacific Islands) is somehow cheating Kiwis at home.
How charming of them, almost as charming as the mainstream media coverage which rather than criticising the blatant racial undertones of this bullshit, are instead pontificating about it all as if its some type of academic debate in strategy …
Part of being a good opposition is attacking when you see the opportunity, then making hay while the sun shines.
National has been ramping up its attack ads ahead of the Government’s first budget next week, but some may have over-stepped the mark.
The party has posted a new meme, claiming the Government would spend $1 billion funding foreign diplomats, at the expense of cheaper GP visits. But the prime minister has called this “fake news”.
…all the National MPs are on social media stirring this lie…
Let’s get some things straight here.
1: It’s not a billion for diplomats & embassies, that’s a grotesque misrepresentation, only $190m are going on embassies and diplomats, the remaining $710m is going on aid, and seeing as this amounts to .23% of NZs GDP when the UN standard is .7% I don’t think we can seriously begrudge our international obligations nor our responsibilities to the Pacific.
2: The Children’s Camp Amy Adams is whining about were turned down for funding under 8 years of National in power so holding that up as an example is actually disingenuous and corrupt.
3: If we are going to play the ‘you’re funding this but not that game’, didn’t National blow $24million on a vanity project to change the flag while homelessness jumped to 41000?
NZ requires an Opposition that will hold the Government to account, what we have however is a Party wilfully happy to manipulate and lie to generate divisive anger in their supporters.
This isn’t dirty politics, it’s ugly politics.