Homepaddock reports on what must be the ultimate election bribe.
Colin Espiner has written in the Christchurch Press that students are set to get a $350 weekly allowance?
"It is understood Labout is considering a massive boost to the student allowance scheme, including a payment of some $350 a week for study courses of 35 hours a week or more. That would put student allowances far ahead of any other standard benefit payment. It would cost a lot of money, but may not have the same impact as interest-free loans did in 2005."
Well, bribing the students with interest free loans helped Liarbour win last election, not only from students backing it but also their parents.
But will it work again? Maybe, students and their parents are perhaps a heavily voting demographic.
Is it fair? Well $350pw is higher than any other beneficiery and students will earn more when they graduate.
Ask yourselve if these middle class kids set to do well when they graduate are worthy or more of your cash.
And wouldn't it be better for money that would probably get spent in some student bar, actually be better spent on better quality teaching and better quality research.
The students did well from their 2005 bribe. I am sure in 2008 there are now more pressing needs for any spare cash.
But the issue is not about what is doing what's best for New Zealand, it's about doing what's best for Liarbour. Will Liarbour target the active student demographic again, as Espiner claims. Bribe them with our cash ? Well, it worked in 2005, why shouldn't it work again in 2008?
Hat tip: Homepaddock