Friday, October 23, 2009

Aprez le Train Wreck

Watching the daily dismal performance of Labour is a bit like visiting the site of a major train wreck a year after the event, only to discover that someone forgot to remove the twisted wreckage of old rolling stock and sundry detritus before signaling trains to proceed.

Today's piece of stunning stupidity is Goff's reaction to the opening of ACC to competition.

We'll reverse it when we are back in government he bleats.

"He said his party was vehemently opposed and would reverse the changes once back in government."

Never mind that National and ACT were elected on a clear mandate for competition, which Labour tiresomely portrays as privatisation which it is not. They don't seem to realise that it was their capacity for this sort of distortion and deceit which got them thrown out in November.

The subliminal message Goff has just given to the 70% of voters who don't support Labour is simple.

"We haven't learned a thing from our mistakes. We know better that you what's good for you. "

Insurers can confidently invest in this market now, safe in the knowledge that their tenure will be secure for at least twenty years. In fact, Goff's foolish outburst will give the GNActs all the justification they need to lock in the changes so that a future government can not again meddle in the way Clark and Cullen did without a substantial penalty payment to the private insurers.


Anonymous said...

Went to a meeting the other night held by Labour in West Auckland re this. I think there was about 30 epople present, if that. Should they be worried? Have to say though, Cunliffe is a very good public speaker!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Cunliffe is a very good public liar!

If you have watched any of question time these last few days, all you can hear in the background is his continuous stentorian drone of mindless interjection. I wonder how long it will be before the Speaker closes him down.

Anonymous said...

I don't have time to watch the House debates, much as I would love to. But its good to see and hear MPs and how they operate in the public/face to face arena. Its more personal. The topic itself IS dull, but DC can hold an audience.

Were there any bloggers/media present? Doubt it.

Definately Anon.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It's very good timing on the part of the GNacts. Everybody will have enjoyed a reduction in ACC levies just before the election and Labour will argue for turning the clock back.


Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why stuff all turned up to this meeting? Just not interesting enough in my view.

Anonymous said...

How about these 2 examples of the useless main stream media
Example 1 - @ 54.20 min,%20Oct%2023%2005.00%20trn-newstalk-zb-akl.asf

She cant have heard all those reports that business saved about 2/3 of the premium costs

Example 2 - @ 1.20,%20Oct%2023%2006.00%20trn-newstalk-zb-akl.asf

Doesn't know the difference between privatisation and competition. Then plays a clip of Goff saying bullshit

Just pisses me off when I hear this. Either they are incompetent, biased or lazy


Redbaiter said...

"Have to say though, Cunliffe is a very good public speaker!"

In front of a gaggle of mush brained Labour supporters, who wouldn't seem so?? The man is a cliche addicted stooge.

Anonymous said...

The most important issues here is that private providers can offer their own terms and coverage.

If not - there is no true competition.

Everybody will have enjoyed a reduction in ACC levies just before the election and Labour will argue for turning the clock back.

nope, not unless they privatise the worker's side as well! This way, employer payroll taxes go (mostly) to zero - unless the company wants to provide coverage for some daft reason - but the workers levies continue to increase until they to are privatised.

Remember: if the providers cannot compete on benefits and coverage, then it isn't really competition. Just like KiwiSaver (aka LabourSaver) - employers must be able to opt out, pay no leverage, and offer no coverage to their workers.