Watched state TV last night and an intellectual midget interviewed half a dozen voters on a golf course in the west of Waimakariri electorate where in spite of a significant migration of Lianne Dalziel's former captives from Aranui to Rangiora, the Claytons member is in danger of having his arse handed to him by the Minister of Conservation, Hon Kate Wilkinson.
One of the voters, resplendent in a crimson cap, proudly stated he would vote for the retards party because they oppose National Standards. "Terrific"
This tosser was basing his voting decision on a cloth cap attitude, union based, that was as shallow as a puddle on a fairground and opposed for the main reasons; it came from a National government determined to solve the frightening stats that show a fifth of school leavers are effectively illiterate and without basic numeracy skills and possibily threatened the careers of some who should be looking for another line of work.
In a world that has little opportunity for citizens unable to function in an increasingly demanding environment, successful people see that as condemming that 20% to real adult disadvantage and a life of welfare dependency.
National Standards may not provide all the answers but nine years of socialist education management did absolutely nothing to solve possible one of the most debilitating problems, currently confronting thinking on education outcomes. Yes it may identify some in teaching positions who are not up to it but that is "collateral damage" and no where near the damage being inflicted on that unfortunate 1/5 of our young.
It was revealing to me that the strait jacketed man who had made his life's work in a system that is now shown to be failing, was basing his voting decision on such a symbol of his socialist past and at the same time ignoring the economic stupidity that that same bunh of morons were among other inanities, going to borrow billions of dollars from the Chinese to invest in equities overseas as a hedge against the future cost of Superannuation. A pledge that if accepted, suggests he should be prevented from even voting, for his own protection.