Matthew Hooton is one of the most important spin masters of the right, if the Death Star had an architect, he’d be it. How he spins is how the msm follows and his latest spin lines spun throughout his interview on Firstline on TV3 this morning give a glimpse of how the msm and the corporate political punditry will start to create the narrative structure around the Government leading into the 2014 election.
Whenever Matthew opens his mouth, out pop gems of how well the NZ economy is prospering. It’s a gold plated ‘we don’t know how lucky we are’ anthem that counters the need for radical changes to the economy as prescribed by the Greens and Labour.
What Hooton’s good time karaoke collection of feel good tunes totally glosses over of course is the inequality. Yes NZ has outperformed the rest of the worlds Wall street corporate gangster created meltdown but that’s because of its geographic micro-climate generated position sheltered by China & Australia. It’s luck, not amazing economic stewardship that has given us this level of economic performance and all that treasure is pouring into the pockets of those who are doing well and not into those on the bottom of the heap.
As Dr Wayne Hope’s impressive blog today points out, this is seeing the inequality in NZ soar. Hooton will have to try and speak out of both sides of his face on this one, praising the economic strength of NZ while denying any of it go into helping the mouths of the 270 000 children living in poverty.
The glaring inequality that now permeates NZ society will be more and more difficult to hide while Hooton continues to sing the praises of a strong economy. He can’t have it both ways, if NZ is doing so well, when will that start being redistributed to those in more need than those who have benefitted so generously from National’s tax cuts?
What Mr Hooton really means of course is that things are doing swimmingly well for Mr Key and his wealthy mates. At some point this stops becoming cheerleading for the economy and starts looking like gloating.
Luckily for Mr Hooton, no one in the msm will ever ask him that question.