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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service 3959630AF For all your Pool & Spa Chemicals come to your new local shop 122c Whakatiki Street Upper Hutt POOL & SPA SHOP OPENING HOURS 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Now open late night Thursday till 6.30pm Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies Phone 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz English coasts through on autopilot By COLIN WILLIAMS Deputy PM unfazed by 'grumpy' questions Spinning it: Bill English, spotted about to begin his Main St walk. Man about town: The suit jacket is off as Mr English pounds the pavement, flanked by local Rimutaka candidate Jonathan Fletcher with the electorate chairman Nick Thomas behind. Photos: COLIN WILLIAMS ' We decided it best for the government to support the economy to maintain jobs and protect the most vulnerable. ' Bill English Bill English appeared unfazed. At the end of his speech to the Upper Hutt Grey Power on Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister fetched several questions from the floor which were reported in national newspapers as overly grumpy. Perhaps they should get out more. In truth it was nothing more than the usual fare with an elec- tion looming, and similar meetings in other years have delivered the same, if not tougher, more heated questioning. Mr English, avuncular but ped- estrian, fielded questions about a possible economic downgrading, people on benefits, asset sales, migrant numbers, politician numbers and even that patsy of patsies, the Super Gold Card. The questioners were a bit bolshy, yes, but this is the game and there was nothing that veered to the disrespectful or played the man and not the ball. So, for a politician with the bag- gage of being in power and confi- dently eyeing another term, this was plain sailing, nothing to take you into uncharted waters. Atthetopofwhatwastobea fairly perfunctory 25-minute address, Mr English did the right thing and established his Upper Hutt connections. His walk at lunchtime had been and, he told the audience, they lived in a friendly city with well- mannered people, where on the Main St he witnessed a car stop- ping to let another reverse out of a park, with no hurry and not a bad measure'' of things, he says. His five years at St Pat's Silver- stream do establish a solid local claim and he reminisced of carrying out early morning milk delivery chores in Whakatiki St and Shakespeare Ave and running up and down'' the hills in Whitemans and Mangaroa Valleys. He further leavened the mix with the only real game in town the Rugby World Cup, reciting that the Prime Minister had told him of a recent nightmare. The All Blacks had won the Rugby World Cup and Richie McCaw turned up as the Leader of the Opposition.'' Thankfully, we now know Mr Key got that half right. Sadly, Mr English made no reference to Cory Jane, the little Upper Hutt winger who could -- and did. That would have had the audience eating out of his hand. As it was, Mr English auto- piloted his way through the econ- omy and all the outside, uncon- trollable forces affecting his government's aims and ambitions. There were the earthquakes, Pike River and there has been the global recession''. We don't always get the chance to run the economy the way we'd want to. We decided it best for the government to support the econ- omy to maintain jobs and protect the most vulnerable,'' Mr English said, in paint-by-numbers election-mode. He spoke of the national debt, household spending and saving, and the opportunities and obstacles facing the country in its trading future, especially in Aust- ralia and China. He spoke of the need for nation- al standards in schools, a contro- versial policy that did not raise a murmur from an audience prob- ably well out of education circles. The standards were there, because we want to make sure every seven, eight and nine-year- old is going to read and write,'' he said, almost glibly. He talked a bit tough on the related benefit reform. Every year 60,000 New Zea- landers turn 18 and 10,000 go on benefits. We have got to get that number down because the younger they go on the longer they stay,'' he said. He said it was such a bad way to start your life'' as a contributing adult. Mr English went local on law and order. Rimutaka Prison was big but not getting bigger, he said. He promised it will not get any big- ger. I'm serious about that,'' he said, aknowledging that prison numbers are just starting to drop for the first time in 20 years''. That, and everything else, were all reasons for National to get re- elected,'' Mr English finished, with the closest thing to a flourish.
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