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National Lies – again

So they want to give Doctor graduates buckets of cash (wipe the student debt) as incentive to stay in the country to work.

On the face of it, seems logical. Doctors are leaving this country in huge numbers, there’s a massive shortage of doctors in the country, so give them the incentive they can’t resist – wipe their student loans.

Several problems with this though. Firstly the massive inequality of the idea. There are shortages in a wide range of important professions, do we extend this to nurses and other technical medical staff, teachers etc. Secondly, as anyone who has been to university knows, the student debt isn’t just spent on tuition. When Labour introduced the interest free component of student loans, this was morally repugnant, free money for beer etc. Doctors are not to be offered free money to put towards cars, ski weeks, drinking, drugs and all the other cool stuff that students spend their money on. So National wants to give money to these people only.

Again on the face of it, chronic doctor shortages as they all shoot off overseas when they graduate, this could be a great way to get them to stay in the country. The only problem is that they aren’t buggering off overseas. National is lying to you AGAIN.

From the Dominion Post today

“Three out of four junior doctors are still working in New Zealand five years after graduating, a Dominion Post investigation has found”

Turns out that the Dominon Post’s investigation pointed out huge holes in the lies of National, that all junior doctors are graduating and leaving for Australia or other better paid locations.

Thank you Dominion Post for doing exactly what a newspaper should, and instead of printing the lies and outright untruths of the bleating and chest beating politicians, get behind the story to the truth.

So if Labour was morally repugnant in offering interest free student loans for graduates staying in NZ, National is just out and out vote buying. It’s not the expose of the century, but it’s a bloody well done job.


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Matthew Hooton is an idiot and/or liar?

Either he’s a idiot or a liar, of which the latter is indeed a greater of two evils (if one is a so-called political commentator)?

Why such an outburst? Simply, the guy makes the most outrageous statements (govt’s social policy is Stalinist, or Helen Clark will control the media if she wins the next election), which is fine if you are a grammatically challenged hack like myself (with a readership of about 2.5 people globally), not a so-called serious political commentator, and week after week he gets away with it, in print and on National Radio. It’s got to stop.

Today, for instance, (28 Jan 2008) he was actually dumb and arrogant enough to claim that Helen Clark’s (Prime Minister of NZ) environmental record was worse than that of George W Bush. Only slightly challenged by the presenter he tried to substantiate the claim by stating that under Clark’s reign CO2 emission had increased.

Audio here.

Let’s look at the figures shall we (metric tons of Carbon Dioxide Per Capita 2004)

United States
New Zealand

This equates to the following actual figures of tonnage.
First for the year 1990 with the US emitting about 4.7 billon tons to New Zealand’s 24 Million tons (if my figures are right? seems I am).

4 700 616 599 (USA) vs 24 150 000 (NZ) in 1990.

Then in 2004 the US rose to about 6 billion tons of CO2 emission (about 22.2% of the world’s total), while the Kiwi burden rose to 31 million tons or 0.1% of the worlds emissions.
6 025 863 873 (USA) or 31 200 000 (New Zealand) in 2004

Technically the guy is right in that emission have increased by almost a ton per person in New Zealand, yet the figures also show that emissions per capita in America have increased buy 1.5 tons. Surely this means that if one was to take this one environmental indicator alone NZ (and Helen Clark) does not have a worse environmental record than G W Bush?

Also if you look at the figures, it shows that NZ’s emissions per capita have started to track back down. Considering that Helen Clark and the Labour Govt took office late 1999, one could hardly apportion blame on the 2000 figure on Helen Clark.

I also fail to see how the country that is ranked 69th of world emitters of CO2 at 0.1% emissions has a worse record than that of the number one ranked at a disastrous almost quarter of the worlds total. Sorry Matthew, you distain of the govt is well know, but your grasp of reality and facts do little to suggest that you are a serious political commentator.

Now I’m not out to try to stage a Kiwi version of the Olbermann vs O’Reilly (left vs right) goings on in the media in America, although bless Olbermann for taking that nut job O’Reilly to task over his incessant lying and ultra conservative frothing.

All I want is for the NZ media to not become something as divisive and factually incorrect as that which the asshole O’Reilly gets away with. To state something as ludicrous as what he is trying to say, factually incorrect and slanderous is pretty poor and I really do hope that the media pulls him up on his claims better than what was attempted today.


Is this irony that just after publishing this post, I was reading the online news and it seems that Helen Clark isn’t so bad when it comes to environmental efforts.


PM gets UN environment award
Monday, 28 January 2008


Prime Minister Helen Clark has won a United Nations award for her efforts to fight climate change.

The annual United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champions of the Earth award recognises individuals from each region of the world who have shown “extraordinary” leadership on environmental issues.

The article goes on. Please take the time to read it and remind yourself at what an idiot Hooton is.



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