Q+A, The Nation Review
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Q+A: 206 220
The Nation: 86 300
Pathetic, Garner is pathetic. After such a bullshit budget he doesn't manage to get one scratch on Bill English. NOT ONE! It wasn't an interview, it was a hand job. Is the bias towards the Government pay back for the $43 million loan the Government gave Mediaworks at a rate Ironbridge wasn't able to achieve on the open market?
Seeing as The Nation can't ask hard questions, how about I write them for you?
"Bill English, why did you promise 170 000 jobs in the 2010 budget AND the 2011 budget? Did you accidentally repeat the same lie about employment two years in a row or do you think NZers are stupid enough not to check last years speech".
That's one question The Nation could have asked.
What about the joke Treasury predictions? Garner doesn't even attack English over them - unbelievable! In May 2008, Treasury forecast growth rates for the next three years of 1.5 per cent, 2.3 per cent and 3.2 per cent. Instead, we got -1.1 per cent, -0.4 per cent and -0.1 per cent. Treasury's claims of 4% growth demands we urine test Treasury for smoking meth! Does Duncan challenge him on the bullshit from Treasury? Not at all.
Cunliffe was polite on The Nation and politeness = weak. He should get stuck straight into Garner - ATTACK THE MEDIA AND DUNCAN over his disgusting attempt at holding English to account, because the one sided bullshit Garner vomited up this morning can only be attacked, it can't be dealt with in polite soft tones. Point out that with such bias the NZ public aren't hearing the real issues.
If Garner's interview with English was a handjob, he get's right down on his knee's for Rodger Douglas. All I could see is Garners head bobbing up and down under the desk. God it's deplorable.
I'm actually switching it off now, The Nation is becoming fair and balanced as Fox News. What an abysmal fail today's show was.
What the political media elite in NZ are missing is the growing anger from the poor, they have missed what is really going on.
Guyon running things, he always makes a better host than Holmes, there I said it.
Opening monologue is good, is Damien Christie on holiday?
Creech, Johansson and Mike Williams on the panel, good balance, something The Nation (or the NZ Herald) know nothing about.
Guyon challenges English, he is claiming it is interest rates we need to avoid, seeing as the global economy is about to face its next set of shocks I don't think that's much he can seriously deal with.
English looks tired, he know's his budget has got nothing, and it's a mere shade of what a Brash-Key Government will do!
Guyon challenges English on his use of 170 000 jobs in 2010 AND his 170 000 jobs in 2011 - something The Nation couldn't manage, seriously who the hell is doing the research at The Nation? A mentally damaged chimp? Is a mentally damaged chimp doing the research at The Nation? English fumbles the question, hates having this fact presented to him, he said 170 000 jobs in 2010, he has made the same bullshit promise this budget. He is lying.
Guyon challenges English on the 'hope' of a Quake rebuild and Rugby World Cup to lift the economy. It is utterly unbelievable.
Guyon attacks English's nonsense on debt.
Guyon attacks the Governments joke on selling assets for 7 billion which will only cover 7 months worth of borrowing. The free domestic shares idea is interesting. English claims he won't sell assets before the election yet he has banked the money in the budget already!!!
Guyon brings up the bullshit Treasury predictions, maybe The Nation should watch Q+A first before they do their show? Seriously everyone involved in The Nation's production this week should be sacked. ALL of them.
Interesting that English is anti prisons (they cost soooo much) and he is at least accepting that the build prison uber alles is bullshit. English describes prisons as a moral and fiscal failure! I like that quote, I will use it a lot.
The reality is that NZers understand that the problems we face are massive, unique and akin to the stock market collapse of 1929 and have shut their wallets. The consumer culture will not be back for another 10 years and this is why Treasury and the bean counters are totally out of their depth.
The panel are on, (I like the feedback during the show, nice touch). Creech notes how the borrowing has become personalized, Jon points out budget doesn't solve that issue. Williams notes John Armstrong's attack on the joke figures being used by Treasury. The panel agree that the budget isn't working, and the law and order bullshit gets called on the emotional crap that it is. Good to see reason creeping into law and order.
Goff is on (I wish I had been at the Labour Conference this year, it looks like it was very worthwhile) Labour have done a great job by suggesting a Ministry for Children and Goff identifies the needs to reinvest into our people. We need R&D tax credits, it was shocking that National dumped them. Goff needs a political partner like the Greens and Mana to expand the revenue base rather than borrow and cut public services.
NZers now know what Key will do. Hard right voters will leave them and move to ACT while the moderates who backed Key will flee the possibility of a Brash-Key Government to the Greens and Labour.
The election is not the cake walk that the right wing have pretended,
3/5 - Excellent show