Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dear Leader's ultimate election bribe


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

4 comments:

pdm said...

It would be fair if they put interest back on student loans as part of the overall deal.

strings said...

"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?"

There's no reason, ergo, they will get the votes, and leave the students in the lurch - National is too far ahead for this to win the election. It does though make sense, but only if there is some tightening up of the interest and repayment rules.

Anonymous said...

It is neither fair nor efficient.
Therefore scum-bore will do it.

NZ has far too many universities and far to many students - and not enough plumbers and diggers.
And the students expect to get paid fair, fair too much when they graduate and then piss off overseas anyway.

(Oh - and this isn't simply my rant - it's yet more actual facts from the CIS)

There's no reason, ergo, they will get the votes, and leave the students in the lurch

There is a huge fucking reason: because even if National chops allowances from $350 to $200 (rather more than these middle-class bludgers get now) the students will all swear never to vote labour ever. And it forces the Tories to at least make a stand: me too at $350 per week, or some kind of economic sense at $100 per week?

(So the only good thing there is - especially if Labour does this policy - the Nats may as well chop all "allowances" for students back to where it belongs: $0 - and be done with it)

Psycho Milt said...

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.

Should it turn out that Labour's actually planning to do this, as opposed to rumoured to be intending to do it, then yes the money would be better simply handed over to the universities to improve teaching and research. The NZ Vice-Chancellors Committee has shown itself to be well grumpy over the amount of money Labour claims to be putting towards "tertiary education," when the money in fact goes to encouraging students to vote Labour. Universities are being starved of funds (in relative terms) to cover tax-free student loans and suchlike. Allowances would only make that situation worse.

NZ has far too many universities...

This isn't a "fact," just because the CIS says so. The fact is, NZ has around the same number of universities per head of population as Australia. Not enough tradesmen? That I'll grant you. Too many universities? Not so much.