A while ago there was legislation introduced to compel advertisers to refrain from using the word “free” in their TV commercials when the item they were advertising was not really free.
Such as when you bought a second hand car, you received a “free” TV. In reality, the cost of the TV was added on to the purchase price of the car, so it was not free. Such advertising was considered deceptive and therefore banned.
Yet politicians frequently advertise taxpayer funded services as “free”. Peter Dunne’s “deal” with National includes a commitment to investigate the viability of a “free” annual health check for over 65s.
I read the actual release. Dunne has written “no charge”. Farrar, like the good little Nat salesman he is, enthusiastically converted this to “free”.
Either way its wrong. The phrase that should be used is “taxpayer funded”. Or even “productive sector funded”.
If its good enough to prosecute used car salesmen, it should be good enough to prosecute politicians and their friends for the same deceptive crapola.