South Waikato News - - Out & About - Dave Jen­nings, Toko­roa

I would like to re­spond to Louise Up­ston’s ar­ti­cle in the col­umn ‘‘Con­ver­sa­tions’’ in the South Waikato News of 25th May 2016 – ‘‘Bud­get sup­ports econ­omy’’.

Ms Up­ston paints a rosy pic­ture of Mr English’s 8th Bud­get.

Eight years of erod­ing the liv­ing stan­dards of New Zealan­ders.

She al­ludes to ‘‘achieve­ment by care­ful man­age­ment’’. In my opin­ion this is flim- flam. As I write, our coun­try is still in ex­ter­nal debt to the tune of $138.9bil­lon net. Ms Up­ston calls this ‘‘a mod­est sur­plus’’. How can this be?

Since I last wrote to the news­pa­per our na­tional debt has in­creased ex­po­nen­tially.

Unem­ploy­ment is still in­creas­ing and Ms Up­ston is of the think­ing that this will be rec­ti­fied in the next four years.

The fi­nan­cial in­fra­struc­ture would be in bet­ter shape if this Govern­ment wasn’t so prof­li­gate with tax­payer’s money.

This should be spent for the ben­e­fit of New Zealan­ders.

The party you rep­re­sent Ms Up­ston has taken $5.5bil­lion out of the health ser­vice in the last 5 years.

Patients who need vi­tal surgery can’t get it be­cause there is no money in the kitty; where did this money go to?

Has this money been ir­re­spon­si­bly used for other pur­poses?

This is pub­lic money that should be used for the peo­ple of this coun­try.

Now the Govern­ment want to be a Florence Nightin­gale.

Is the Na­tional Govern­ment be­com­ing a Kak­istoc­racy? (Govern­ment of a state by the worst cit­i­zens).

If so, then we need to elect a Govern­ment of a dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal lean­ing at the next elec­tion that will serve the peo­ple.

We had just closed the garage door be­hind us when we heard above the noise of pelt­ing rain some­one bang­ing on the door.

We opened it to see this lady with no rain coat or brolly and get­ting wet, who in­formed us our tail lights were not work­ing, then hur­ried back to her car.

She went beyond kind­ness to self sac­ri­fice to hang in there to get our at­ten­tion, get­ting wet for

Some dis­agree with Louise Up­ston’s take on the bud­get.

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