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Shane Jones took glee in pushing the work for the dole barrow on Q+A.
He knows full well that it isn’t a work for the dole program, he knows that beneficiaries will be paid the dole and the regional fund he has will top those benefits up to minimum wage.
While it isn’t a work for the dole program (because workers will be getting the actual minimum wage), Jones is reaching out to National voters and rewarding NZ First voters with all the rhetoric.
But that audience was secondary to who he was really speaking to because the real target of Jones was Grant Robertson.
NZ First are deeply convinced an enormous economic crash is looming and their nationalistic economic response sees Forestry as a crucial part of the response to that looming economic crash. Jones wants to make it clear to Robertson that despite Grant’s public assurances to the Business community that he and the Greens will be subservient to our corporate overlords, NZ First’s agreement demands he steps outside that fiscal straight jacket and borrow the money for this developmental agenda.
This need to keep the business community pacified with austerity vs the realities of needing to borrow more to repair the vast social damage 9 years of National has generated is the real friction point in the new Government.
This friction point is at the heart of why Labour will fight tooth and nail to stop the coalition document from being released.
The reason NZ First want it released and the reason why Labour don’t want it released is because it is a far more radical document than Labour would ever publicly want spelt out.
Many still don’t appreciate how the negotiations shaped this new Government in ways most wouldn’t have guessed. It was Winston’s naked hatred of neoliberalism that decided the fate of this new Government. NZ First wants to go far further in reforming the hegemonic economic structure than Labour could ever imagine to suggest in public.
That’s not to suggest there aren’t some revolutionary sparks inside this Labour Government, but they are hiding until it’s time to flare up.
The trick for Grant Robertson will be to know when to jump from promising obedience to the business elites to an interventionist Government responding to the latest cascade failure of global free market capitalism.
NZ First are making it clear they are preparing for that eventuality, Labour are waiting to see it.