Monday, September 27, 2010

THE SAD FACE OF LABOUR X2

#1 To exempt fruit and vegetables from GST. FFS, is this the BEST Goff can offer after nearly two years in Opposition?

The morphing of GST from a 'clean' tax into a 'dirty' tax. And nary a mention on how the $250m loss in government revenue will impact .... less money for hospitals; schools, more borrowing ... so many questions, so few answers.

But did you see the smirking Cunliffe standing behind Goff at the announcement ... having set his leader up he is now waiting to put the knife in post the election when this policy will be consigned to the dustbin of history.

#2 The manner in which the NZEI Conference greeted the Minister of Education.

A 'Pavlovian' response in the best traditions of North Korea. Well, the Labour Party in Drag better get used to National Standards.

It was a KEY policy endorsed by the electorate and with the Government on 54% support and you on 32% ... it's not rocket science to figure out that you are pushing shit uphill.

Teachers are Public (Government) Servants. If they can't stomach what the Government is doing then they should at least have the moral courage to resign and seek alternative employment ... otherwise stand for Labour at the next election, get elected and change the policy.

Big ask I know to be tested and found wanting.

Labour, a headline looking for an issue. Teachers, an issue looking for a headline.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Teachers are Public (Government) Servants. If they can't stomach what the Government is doing then they should at least have the moral courage to resign and seek alternative employment

Precisely. They shouldn't vote themselves - not should their family members - and they certainly shouldn't campaign against the government or fake up excuses to strike to fight policies or to force support for Labour!

(The sooner the govt puts teachers onto the list of essential workers who cannot strike, the better)

... otherwise stand for Labour at the next election, get elected and change the policy.


Fine (well, not fine, because Labour should be banned, not encouraging people to stand)
but anyone doing this should resign first,
and never be eligible for any government job ever again.

Psycho Milt said...

Teachers are Public (Government) Servants.

Not so. The staff of the Ministry of Education are public servants, and are dutifully implementing the govt's policy on national standards; teachers are employees of their school's Board of Trustees, and are as able to dispute govt policy for their sector as doctors working in the public health system are.

Anonymous said...

PM, Teachers are NOT like doctors working in the public health system.

All doctors have a strictly supervised code of conduct and can be removed from the register if they err.
A minority of teachers however are poorly performing, resist the need for their own continuing education and avoid that imperative which is their contribution to the good of the pupil.

Where is Leon Salt?

Anonymous said...

I think the image on Breakfast this morning of teachers holding up Green and Red coloured signs is another indication that this is more about political disobedience than anything substantive about standards.
My peers with children are all aware of this and sympathy for teachers is pretty much non existent. Well except for the odd soft cock labour luvvie..

As for GST on veges we should be encouraging people to grow their own.
Labour show they are bereft of ideas by not promoting this. Mind you that would mean Labour would be encouraging people to look after themselves and we cant have that!

Psycho Milt said...

PM, Teachers are NOT like doctors working in the public health system.

They are exactly alike in the sense that working in the public sector doesn't bar them from expressing opinions on relevant govt policy.

All doctors have a strictly supervised code of conduct and can be removed from the register if they err.

Yeah, kind of like teachers.

A minority of teachers however are poorly performing...

Yeah, kind of like doctors.

Anonymous said...

Why is removing GST on rates, car rego and WOF's etc not anyone's fucking policy? Now that really is a rort, and could be exempted as easily as bank fees, life insurance and loan interest is/are

I'm starting the No GST On Taxes Party.

The Veteran said...

PM ... "teachers are the employees of their school Board of Trustees".

So, they pay them? Funny, I thought the Government did.

He who pays etc

Psycho Milt said...

There's a difference between "public servant" and "employed in the public sector." It's a very clear legal difference, for all that the National Party doesn't seem to feel it's one that Cabinet Ministers need to be aware of.

Everyone's entitled to their personal opinion of what teachers ought to do, think, believe, or whatever - the fact remains, teachers are not public servants and not subject to the restrictions of the public service regarding implementing govt policy.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt the answer is obvious. In the interests of clarity and avoidance of confusion, bulk fund boards of trustees and let them set the pay of teachers, each according to his ability and performance.

The Realist said...

The teachers' reaction was rude, undignified - and rehearsed!