‘Bill’s Brain’ and Fox News-maths on incomes
Spokesperson for Finance
14 November 2012 MEDIA
‘Bill’s Brain’ and Fox News-maths
Bill English has resorted to using
Karl Rove’s denial-style maths techniques to inflate New
Zealand’s household incomes, says Labour’s Finance
spokesperson David Parker.
“Last week Republican Karl
Rove was vilified after denying Ohio had voted for Barack
Obama on Fox News. Now Bill English has adopted this policy
of denying reality. Karl Rove is no longer ‘Bush’s
Brain’, he’s Bill’s.
“Today Bill English tried to
claim that New Zealand’s household incomes have increased
by a third in the past four years. I can tell him every Kiwi
household knows that’s about as true as Ohio voting for
“The fact is that household incomes have
declined by two per cent in the two years from 2009 to 2011,
according to the well-respected Bryan Perry study for the
Ministry of Social Development.
“Bill English is missing
the inconvenient truths. After ignoring the Household Labour
Force Survey when unemployment hit 7.3 per cent he has
decided to ignore Bryan Perry’s study.
Megyn Kelly on Fox News, this is just Bill English doing
maths as a National minister to make himself feel
“Earlier John Key said New Zealanders could
learn from watching Fox. He obviously watches it all the
time as his Government mimics that channel’s techniques in
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