So it comes as a slight shock to realise that those one considered allies appear to be indulging in the same behaviour.
Have a look at just a few of the repeated false accusations being levelled at the National Party by the shouters of the uber right - the loose lipped Hammeroids. It is difficult to see sometimes whether these accusations arise through ignorance or malice.
- They are no different from Labour
- They are borrowing $300 million per week
- They haven't done anything they promised
- They cost taxpayers $1.7 billion bailing out SCF.
They are no different from Labour? What arrant nonsense.
Prime Minister Key has made it clear before and after the 2008 election that National will not introduce major changes without first gaining public support. Contrast that attitude with Labour's axing of appeals to the Privy Council and the establishment of a relatively dubious and legally light weight Supreme Court. Reflect for a while on Labour's appalling embezzlement of public funds for electioneering and it's attempt to entrench itself by way of the Electoral Finance ACT. Contrast National's handling of wayward MP's with Labour's disgraceful tolerance of Peters and Field.
They are borrowing $300 million per week? Well, no they are not.
Most of the borrowing is rolling over short term loans incurred by Cullen with a very small proportion only represented by new borrowing. The pernicious $300 million lie is designed to fool the average punter into believing we are increasing our debt at the rate of $16 billion per year. We are not.
They haven't done anything they promised? Oh really?
They've vastly improved the service delivery and cost efficiency of the health system.
They've gone in hard on national standards for schools.
They've chopped the ridiculous rate of increase in public spending
They've slashed income tax rates for the vast majority of New Zealanders
They've adhered to their fundamental promise that they would not slash and burn while the country was in recession.
They cost taxpayers $1.7 billion bailing out SCF. This must be the new maths at work. The short sighted version where 4 -2 = 17
Firstly, SCF was not bailed out. It's investors were.
Secondly, the taxpayers paid only part of the SCF investor guarantee. A large part of the $1.7 billion was funded from the fees paid by the participating institutions - from memory, some $200 mil. What the lying shouters don't say is that the true cost to the taxpayers after allowing for the fee income and the sale of assets is unlikely to exceed $200 million. The shouters need to be reminded as well of the cost to taxpayers had a major finance company been allowed to fail eighteen months earlier - which would have happened in the absence of the government guarantee. Then, markets were chaotic, uncertainly prevailed internationally and public fears were raised. A major run on all finance institutions would have resulted and 'cost the taxpayer' a hell of a lot more than a lousy $200 mil.
So, here's hoping for a little more accuracy and honesty from our friends on the right than we normally expect from our enemies of the left.