Shane Jones is being publicly flogged in the media in todays Political Roundup.
Shane Jones & NZ First must be destroyed by the establishment because what the Provincial Growth Fund represents terrifies the Public Sector and the neoliberal hawks.
The reason why the Left should care about Jones, NZ First and their Provincial Growth Fund is because this is the only obvious left wing economic policy this entire Government has. The idea of circumventing the neoliberal public service and dropping large amounts of money directly into projects rather than being leeched into mediocrity by the bureaucratic Wellington Goon squad is revolutionary in a free market dominated neoliberal economic landscape.
Jones is not your usual MP or Cabinet Minister, he is jaded, cynical and charming en0ugh to have his own spine, he is a proactive Minister who is more determined to get things done than sat on his hands.
What is one persons corruption is another direct management.
Standing up for the provincial interests who suffer the most and benefit the least from policy is what NZ First represents, for Jones to capture the headlines necessary to make a run in Northland to inoculate the wider Party from elimination if they dip below 5% is not the shock or surprise it’s being represented as.
Every neoliberal hawk and Feudal Public Service Lord wants to trip Jones up and see the Provincial Growth Fund fail because NZ First’s desire to force actual change with public money threatens all their vested interests.
Of course there needs to be checks and balances to this fund and Jones can be as loose as goose at the best of times, but when you consider the economic self mutilation of National when needlessly selling state assets never attracted the vehement spite Jones has, you know far more primal urges are driving the punditry’s attack against him and the fund.
We want Government’s raising and spending funding directly until the Public Service can prove they are using the money for the welfare of the people.