The Nation and q+a review
What a week, massive economic meltdown, riots and John Key's Bennie bashing which will make those riots more likely, so what does The Nation lead with? A Graham Henry story. Cutting edge. Colin James is on first, he's one of the rare reasons you would choose to watch The Nation. He's at the National Party conference and there's a lot of back slapping as they laugh up how easily led the sleepy hobbits are. There's an interesting chat with a mayor who has 0% youth unemployment, he's talking pathways from high school into employment, which is interesting as National have slashed youth training schemes so horrifically we now have 20% youth unemployment with very little hope of turning that around with the current hard right pro wealthy policies Key is pushing.
Key is up, I expect a gentle hug from Duncan - so does John. How the hell he can with a straight face tell NZ that he will do anything about youth unemployment when it's his Bennie bashing policy that is part of the problem is a wee bit beyond me, how the rest of NZ seems to buy it is also another impossible question to answer. He's now defending the joke of Treasury growth predictions and claiming the Rugby World Cup will save us., he then claims that the global meltdown this week wasn't so bad???????????????????????????? John Key is so optimistic you could throw half a glass of water at him and he would still see it half full. His vacant optimism is almost as unbelievable as the Sleepy Hobbits faith in him.
He responds to China wanting to make NZ the new Tibet of the South Pacific with a 'come on over and take what you want'. Key intends to flog our assets off to China the very second he gets elected.
Graham Henry story is on, I'm switching over to Comedy Central, Futurama is on, it's a repeat but is still far more relevant than a sports story on a political current affairs show.
I over shot and watched Family Guy, switched back to the panel. Pagani is on to articulate the Wellington Left (which is like National Party policy but much more boring) he is on with someone I don't know. They are making empty statements about 'management', I love how the global economy is burning while the Nation fiddles.
I'm going back to Family Guy.
Brilliant opening monologue, honestly the funniest thing on TVNZ in terms of satire, it's worth watching this just for the monologue. Guyon is far more critical of Key's policy than The Nation is, where will the 170 000 jobs National promised? He side steps that and runs the usual lines, Chch rebuild and RWC - those two things will be flops, not the mana from heaven he is pretending it is. Guyon is really sticking it to Key over the cost if living. Guyon challenges Key on catching up with Australia, Key squirms trying to explain why 30 000 NZers are leaving a month, he blames the earthquake. He always blames the earthquake.
Guyon attacks key over the poverty issue, then suddenly changes tack by starting to channel Paula Bennett by asking if we have been too easy on welfare. Ugh. Key re-iterates that if you get avoid parcel, it is their own fault of poor choices, note it isn't his economic mismanagement of the economy, it's the fault of the poor. Funny how the rich can get richer, the poor poorer and it has nothing to do with his policy to give the rich more cash - Guyon attacks this farce.
Guyon attacks Key over how we rank so poorly in youth outcomes, Key claims he wants to lower suicide by slashing welfare THAT WON'T WORK!!!!! He then has the audacity to claim that our education system is great right when he wants to slash education as well! His answers are almost bi-polar. His Bennie bashing solutions will only increase the chances of a riot, it is just that he should be criticized heavily.
Sue Bradford is up against Matthew Hooten, brilliant panel, Tim Watkin must have not have had a hand in today's show. Jon points out poverty rates are getting worse, Sue attacks the 170 000 jobs, Hooten understands Keys first term is to con NZers into giving him a second term. Hooten is as optimistic as Key on the economy, he must have the same dr prescribing him the same happy pills. Sue attacks the welfare reforms and points out that all Key is doing is wanting to use the stick - where are the jobs? Hooten uses the line Slater likes which is that if money could solve welfare, we would have solved it by now - the counter is that we spend very little on early childhood, so little we rate behind shining examples like Mexico and Portugal, so we don't in fact spend enough onbwelfare at all!
Christchurch rebuild is beng discussed and the hope that vision brings is probably more important than actually what wil be done. When will Bob Parker be the leader of the Labour Party? Hooten makes a great point about NZ needing to work had on the rebuild due to our cheap nature and lack of foresight - everyone laughs at Auckland.
The panel grade Key, Jon says Key just wants to win elections, Sue says he will romper stomper in his second term while Hooten claims that Key can't go to the right.
Then sadly Sir Paul Reeves is announced to have died, which is a very sad loss for the country. He stood up for the poor, it is sad we don't have more leaders prepared to stand up for the weak.