Steven Joyce tried to write Winston Peters off as too old and too out of touch in the lead up to the campaigning in the Northland by-election. Now that the campaign is under way its instead Joyce who seems to be constantly on the back foot.
Joyce claimed 7500 new jobs were created in Northland last year. Peters countered this claim by saying many of the jobs were in Whangarei. (not part of the Northland electorate) When questioned on this Joyce stated-
“We’re unable to do a breakdown sub-regionally and obviously some will be in Whangarei but then there’s also people who live in the Northland electorate that work in Whangarei and vice-versa. So we’re talking about the region economically as a whole,”
Peters countered with-
“No doubt about that and second thing, though, is Mr Joyce’s exercise in deception, as I call it, is exposed when you look at the unemployed register. The change is 100.”
National’s clever Mr. Joyce is finding out the hard way Winston is not the too old and out of touch politician he tried to paint him as.