The government has a new strategy to save billions of dollars – relying on common knowledge (CK) instead of research and facts.
The seed for the initiative was planted by Energy Minister Megan Woods.
When asked about advice to back up her assertion that MBIE was wrong to say a ban on oil and gas exploration would have a negligible impact on domestic emissions and likely increase global emissions she said it was “very common knowledge” that was “widely held”.
“When the Prime Minsiter heard this she said a light went on and she immediately ordered a whole-of-government strategy to base all policy on CK,” spokesperson Bright Spark said.
”We’ll be able to ditch all the working groups for a start and that will save millions, but that’s only the beginning.
”With CK to guide us there will be no need for most of the roles at Treasury and the research positions in policy development at all the ministries and government departments will go too.
”We’ll be able to get rid of all the research bodies and a lot of the work of universities will become redundant.
”We won’t need robust data and scientific methods if we’ve got CK, especially if it’s widely held.
MS Spark said she didn’t have exact figures for the savings, but based on CK, she could confidently say they would soon amount to billions.
When asked about National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young‘s assertion that Woods had failed to defend the indefensible, Ms Spark said it was common knowledge that this was merely an opposition tactic to discredit assertions based on facts.
”With CK, facts are an outmoded, and expensive concept. We won’t be taking any notice of them.”
Ms Spark said the government was working on an even more radical suggestion to base all policy on common sense (CS) as well as, or instead of, CK.
”But we’re having difficulty finding any. It’s a pretty rare commodity around here and we’re not sure there will be enough to make it work.”