Monday, January 27, 2014

CUNLIFFE - ARROGANT, SMARMY AND NOW REVEALED AS DUMB TO BOOT

The announcement by Cunliffe that Labour is committed to paying a $60 per week 'breeding' bonus to Labour Back Bench MPs is quite rightly receiving universal condemnation.

Ignore for a moment the fact that Labour MPs shouldn't be encouraged to breed but clearly Cunliffe/Labour have yet to take on board the old aside the old adage that those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

Some will correct me if I am wrong but didn't Labour try the same stunt back in 1975.    The really encouraging thing about that was they spent the next nine years in the political wilderness. 

Just how dumb is Cunliffe in trying to play a broken record?

13 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Funny you should mention 1975 - a time when a Family Benefit was paid to people with kids (under both National and Labour governments), and a year when a National government introduced a universal welfare payment for retirees including not only National backbench MPs, but eventually the PM who introduced it. Didn't seem to harm their re-election chances...

The Veteran said...

PM ... yep, the 'Family Benefit' was untargeted and subsequently abolished in favour of increased targeted allowances for low income families.

Cunliffe, is looking to reverse that in a desperate attempt to win support. He may find, to his cost, that ordinary Joe Public isn't so dumb as to endorse his viusion of more welfare for the wealthy.

And, if you are asking me whether I agree that Winston Peters should receive NZ Superannuation plus his parliamentary salary plus his parliamentary pension, the answer is NO.

gravedodger said...

Yeah Milt we earned 20 pounds or 160 half crowns a week and the kid gained an extra half crown from the state.
About six pound ten shillings a year, or 1/3 of a weeks wages.
Now David posterboy in the fight against poverty wants to see my Six pounds ten and raise me three thousand one hundred and twenty dollars.
Yep some couple ,income $2885 pw, nearly four times the median income will get their $60 halfcrown.

Anonymous said...

Just how dumb does this man think the rest of NZ is?
He appears bereft of ideas, without a clue. Bribery is the off-course substitute for brains. Appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Vote for me and I'll give you other people's money!

Go and get stuffed Noddy!

George

Edward the Confessor said...

"Vote for me and I'll give you other people's money!"

Whereas the Key's slogan is "Vote for me and I'll give millionaire movie moguls and corporate dairy farmers your money!" That's all right though isn't it George?

Anonymous said...

You can get stuffed with your slogans too. And Key can whistle Dixie for my vote while I'm at it

How are dairy farmers being given money? [Investment, risk and work doesn't count]

George

Edward the Confessor said...

They get the water for free, get to pollute the water for free, and the taxpayer gets to help to pay for their irrigation schemes. Do try and keep up fella. Still, corporate welfare sure beats giving hard working parents with children a hand up though eh, George, you miserable old git. Shall we double your super?

Anonymous said...

'They get their water for free' It must be difficult to contain your unhappiness that it rains on my block and we make use of it. And I'm still paying for my super which is a few years away. Carry on with your mealy mouthed snivelling, irritating jerks all round NZ depend on you.

George

Psycho Milt said...

No-one pays for their super - it comes out of current taxation.

Psycho Milt said...

PM ... yep, the 'Family Benefit' was untargeted and subsequently abolished in favour of increased targeted allowances for low income families.

Well, by Labour governments, perhaps - National's "targeting" of lower-income families tends to be of a different kind.

The Veteran said...

Milt ... I am surprised that you of all people should stand revealed as a shill for untargeted welfare spending when all the evidence is that it is a waste of resources.

Still wedded to the mantra of inputs over outcomes every time are we?

That Cunliffe should have to try and buy off the doubters in his caucus by bribing them with 'our' money sez volumes for the divisions in Labour.

Psycho Milt said...

No, I don't think it was a great move and will post on it later today. But National is in no position to ridicule other parties either for introducing untargeted welfare payments or being profligate with taxpayers' money.

Also: it would be a very, very unusual backbench MP on a salary of around $147,000 who also had a household income under $150,000, don't you think?

Mike said...

Hey Vet, socialists love spending other people's money. It is part and parcel of their re-distribution of wealth.