media coyly call “misleading”, when they really should have said lying.
The Prime Minister’s office has apologised for misleading comments about New Zealand’s child poverty figures.
Jacinda Ardern has claimed poverty figures are improving but incorrectly suggested the data included children living in non-private dwellings.
“I believe that, for material hardship, the [Material Hardship] survey does pick up people in non-private dwellings but for the Household Economic Survey, it doesn’t.”
But Ardern’s chief press secretary has since apologised, clarifying the data does not include this.
“The Prime Minister asked me to clarify if the Material Hardship Survey picked up people in non-private dwellings which I checked with officials who confirmed it ‘doesn’t’ however when relaying this to the Prime Minister… I accidentally relayed it as ‘it does.'”
Ardern’s office, however, there were about 4000 children in emergency housing nationwide – well within the margin of error for the survey’s analysis.
Explaining some of the math jargon surrounding the report, mathmetician Dimitrios Mitsotakis said studies often couldn’t include the entire population – which is why a margin of error was included.
“We always study part of the population, not the whole population,” he told AM.
“That’s the thing with the margin of error… we expect that the error we make, or the tolerance we have, is about the margin of error – that’s a percentage, usually.”
Note how the chief press secretary was chucked under the bus. The tyrant would never ever lower herself to apologise for anything. For her like many other politicians, sorry seems to be the hardest word.
Ardern is getting more and more shrill as her polling tanks. She is on track to become our most despised Prime Minister in living memory. She is so bad she is managing to eclipse the levels of opprobrium that Robert Muldoon and Helen Clark richly deserved. At least Helen Clark was competent.
The next twelve months are going to get even harder for the tyrant as she clings desperately to power. We have a by-election on December 10, which will become a referendum on the Ardern regime. Next year we will hopefully have the bye bye election that will see her shabby group of chancers bundled from power for a good long time.
Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. This article was first published HERE