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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.”*


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Fast forward sixteen months later, to Greymouth,


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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%.

See: Unemployment rate lifts to 6.7pc

By August it had risen to 6.8%.

See: Unemployment rises: 6.8pc

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.

See:  Highest jobless rate in 2 years

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.

See: Labour shortage here to stay, so we had better get used to it

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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  1. 5 September 2012 at 12:39 am

    It’s positively Victorian when you think about it – the ownership may be more global, the news may get out faster, but the stage is set for the same old play of capital versus labour…

    • SpaceMonkey
      5 September 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I would call it global neo-feudalism. At least the Victorian era was a period of relative enlightenment that saw rises in living standards and literacy. What we are have now is a dumbing down of the masses into indentured servants – the property of a corporation and/or nation.

      I’m not sure it’s a capital vs labour thing this time around either. The reliance on labour is mitigated through mechanisation and automation. I wonder if the lines are drawn more simply between the “haves” and the “have nots”… the 1%/99% split? That said… if we do experience a global economic collapse, the root cause being an insatiable demand for energy that can’t be met, then we may be looking at a period of neo-agrarianism (see James Howard Kunstler and Dimitry Orlov) , and elbow grease will be the order of the day.

  2. Kere
    5 September 2012 at 7:46 am


  3. Clayton N
    5 September 2012 at 8:48 am

    been watching those someone elses country, in a land of plenty docos, we def seem to be a nation of protesters, with a long history of taking to the streets. i do find it ironic (slightly) that the west coasters want the govt to listen to them yet when there is anti miner protests suddenly its a mob, i mean its interesting to see how the media label the diferent protests.

    • 5 September 2012 at 10:04 am

      Interesting insights, Clayton, and not without merit either.

      As for “Someone Elses’ Country” – I saw that doco soon after it was released (in a limited way – TVNZ refused to broadcast it). From what I recall, it was an excellent analysis of Rogernomics.

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