Friday, June 22, 2012

Goebbels Lives On......

.....at The NZ Herald.



Here's how a skilled propagandist plies his craft:-

Cabinet minister Judith Collins has admitted that ACC staff get higher pay for kicking long-term claimants off the corporation's books but defends the strategy as "a good thing" because it gets the clients back to work

Note the negatice wording used throughout,  'admitted' - 'kickking ... off    the books' - 'defends'

Rewritten in neutral language there would have been no story.  No faux outrage, so loved by dumbed down tabloid media.

Cabinet Minister Judith Collins has advised that ACC staff get higher pay for managing long term claimants effectively. She applauds the strategy because it gets clients back to work, with resultant improvement in their overall well being and self esteem and reduces the need for increases in ACC levies.

In other words, it's just plain old common sense.

6 comments:

gravedodger said...

A major advantage for bludgers on ACC as opposed to welfare is the stigma factor.

It appears much more acceptable to many to rip off ACC as it implies a stronger "will to work", therefore a lower grade of 'bludging'.

Psycho Milt said...

An editorial has no obligation to use neutral language.

However, "rewritten in neutral language," Judith Collins has advised that ACC staff are offered financial incentives to get long-term claimants off ACC's books. Any journalist who doesn't see a story in that should stop cluttering up their employer's payroll.

The Veteran said...

PM ... so, on planet Labour keeping claimants on the books is the preferred option.

and the unemployed?

and the sick?

and the .....

as well as the .....

while us more normal folks shake our heads in wonder at the mindset of the 'left'.

Anonymous said...

While accepting that sound case management is vitally important I have no doubt there is a case to be made for arguing its about outcomes rather than the process to outcomes.

3:16

Psycho Milt said...

PM ... so, on planet Labour keeping claimants on the books is the preferred option.

It would be pointless and stupid to keep claimants on the books after they're capable of returning to work, so... no.

However, if the govt really has implemented a system of financial rewards and penalties merely to prevent such stupidity being the default approach of ACC's case workers, it doesn't say much for the competence of anyone involved. Which raises the question of whether it's malignance or incompetence behind the govt's approach.

JC said...

"Which raises the question of whether it's malignance or incompetence behind the govt's approach."

ACC is like superannuation.. a perennial political issue where each incoming party Govt changes the rules to free it up or tighten it up.

Whenever you have such important issues as retirement and accidents so totally politicised its time to hand it over to the private sector and the greater certainty of a commercial operation.

JC