From Parliament, 2011, to Greymouth, 2012
Nothing better illustrates National’s Epic Fail in the matter of generating new jobs than these two events…
Last year, as National delivered it’s budget, Dear Leader John Key stated,
” New Zealand can’t keep borrowing money at $380 million a week. We can’t have New Zealanders exposed to high interested rates, New Zealanders need a plan for jobs.
This is a budget that actually delivers that.
Treasury say in the Budget, as a result of this platform on what we’ve delivered, 170,000 jobs created and 4% wage growth over the next three to four years.”*
Fast forward sixteen months later, to Greymouth,
It seems an extraordinary situation that we have arrived in when New Zealanders have to take to the streets to protest. Not protesting to save our Conservation estates; nor our state assets from being flogged of; or in favour of gay rights; nor any other environmental, political, or civil rights issue – but merely to protect jobs in a community.
It is bizarre that this is what we’ve come down to; protesting for jobs.
Unfortunately, this is about as “good” as it gets for a National-led government. National, being a Party that adheres to free market principles that only private enterprise can create jobs, is trapped in it’s own ideology.
Which means that, unlike the past government of Mickey Savage, National refuses to be proactive. It will not get involved in job creation initiatives because it believes it has no role to play in such an area. That is for the Marketplace to deliver.
We may be waiting for quite a while.
In May of this year, unemployment stood at 6.7%.
By August it had risen to 6.8%.
The next Quarterly result, for the September-November period, will most likely show a similar increase.
If the partial-privatisation of Meridian, Mighty Rive Power, and Genesis Energy proceeds – expect more redundancies further still.Privatisation nearly always results in job losses (and price increases) to generate greater dividend returns to private investors.
That is what it means to elect National to power.
National is so wedded to free market dogma that this situation will worsen until such time as New Zealanders can no longer stomach a right-wing government and follow their French cuzzies into electing a more proactive centre-left government. Only then will a centre-left government deal with unemployment and focus on proactive stategies to create jobs.
We’ve been ‘here’ before, in history. This blogger has seen this political drama repeated decade after decade since the 1970s. (In fact, it’s getting rather tediously predictable.)
Unfortunately for the decent, hardworking people of Greymouth and elsewhere in New Zealand, the tragic drama of unemployment, family life disruption, social dislocation, and harm to business, must play out before the final Act is staged on Election Night.
* At least, that’s what we hope he said. This blogger is checking the Parliamentary Translation Unit to confirm.
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For a better New Zealand…
~ Cleaner rivers
~ No deep-sea oil drilling
~ Less on Roads - more on Rail
~ A Living wage at $18.40/hr
~ Marriage equality - Yay! Got that one!
~ Strong, effective Unions
~ No secret free-trade deals
~ Breakfast/lunches in our schools
~ Introducing Civics into our school curriculum
~ Cut back on the liquor industry
~ A fairer, progressive tax system
~ Fully funded, free healthcare
~ Ditto for education, including Tertiary
~ Fund Pharmac for Pompe's Disease medication & other 'orphan' drugs
~ No state asset sales!
~ Rebuild public TV broadcasting!
~ Keeping farms in local ownership
~ Reduce poverty, like we reduced the toll for road-fatalities
~ Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
~ Being nice to each other
- Farewell, Nelson Mandela…
- I’ve voted – have you?
- John on John…
- A letter to the editor…
- Bring in the clowns…
- Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 2 December 2013
- The ChCh by-election – a letter to the editor…
- Another “satisfied” WINZ client…
- Full access for everyone!
- Geoff Robinson – an era ends.
- Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 25 November 2013
- Radio NZ: Focus on Politics for 22 November 2013
- 2013 – Ongoing jobless talley
- One Dunedinite’s response to the passing of the GCSB Bill…
- Random Thoughts on Random Things #5…
- Random Thoughts on Random Things #4…
- Random Thoughts on Random Things #3…
- Random Thoughts on Random Things #2…
- Random Thoughts on Random Things #1…
- Another good poll for a LabourGreen government
- Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 30 September 2013
- Endorsing Celia for Mayor
- How To Guide: Voting in Auckland
- Guest Author: Dunedin election – my guide to who’s left and who’s not
- Endorsing Jeanette for ADHB!
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