Oh come on!
There are many reasons to be concerned about the black hole of debt that the Prefu has imploded our political solar system with, but claiming that we are about to suffer a ‘Brain Drain’ to Australia is not one of them…
National Party leader Judith Collins says New Zealand risks losing Kiwis to Australia as its immediate Covid-19 economic hit has been smaller.
Treasury opened the Government books ahead of the election on Wednesday, estimating a 16 per cent contraction in the economy in the three months to June, compared to a 7 per cent contraction in Australia.
Collins said Australia’s lighter lockdown had kept the economic damage more limited, meaning the Government had “a lot to answer for”.
“We’re not only going to see a big drop in activity, but we’re going to see a loss of skilled people as soon as they can shift to Australia, because they will be in a far better situation to get jobs, good incomes and having a future that doesn’t involve welfare,” Collins said.
…this is nonsense.
The fundamental problem for National is that no matter how hard they attack Jacinda and criticise the response to Covid, the stark stats in comparison to everywhere else overshadows anything National have to say.
Most NZers have access to the internet or have family overseas. They can see the news headlines, they get told how awful it is over there by whanau.
We just had our 25th death.
Australia has had 824.
No one is fleeing to Australia Judith, if anything the returning diaspora will prop up property prices and cause more stability, not drive Kiwis offshore.
This hot mess of criticism is as confused as National’s ever changing position on the Border…
…it ver much feels that Judith and National are just going through the motions now.
This election is being based on feelings, not policy and that’s because people are frightened, and how do those feelings rate?
I’m no political psychologist, but could I humbly suggest that if 1 in 5 voters claim to be afraid of you, that’s not a great start.
National will be lucky to get over 30%.
‘Brain Drain’ in the age of Covid isn’t a thing! Judith is fighting a 2020 election with 1990 fears.
I get why Hooton jumped off this sinking ship as quickly as he did now.
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