Stones and glasshouses

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When will the cur­rent Gov­ern­ment learn that they are there to gov­ern this coun­try not blame the Op­po­si­tion.

An ex­am­ple very re­cently, when the As­so­ciate Trans­port Min­is­ter Julie Anne Gen­ter, on na­tional tele­vi­sion, af­ter a hor­rific week­end road toll stated that ‘‘the cause of this high death rate is the old Na­tional gov­ern­ment’’.

Fig­ures show that dur­ing the nine years from 1999-2008 of Clark’s Labour gov­ern­ment the coun­try sus­tained 3946 road deaths.

For the nine-year pe­riod 2008-2017 un­der the Key/English ad­min­is­tra­tions the coun­try sus­tained 2910.

Maybe the cur­rent Gov­ern­ment is so used to be­ing an in­ef­fec­tual Op­po­si­tion that it has got into the habit of blame. As they say, ‘‘old habits die hard’’. The same mys­ti­cal they say that, ‘‘those who live in glass houses should not throw stones’’.

A D Kirby

Pa­pamoa

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