GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Ganesh Nana on the ‘Wellbeing Budget’


Just prior to the People’s Budget Event we recorded in Otahuhu last Friday I interviewed Ganesh Nana who is the Chief Economist of Business Economic Research Ltd (BERL) . I asked him 4 questions related to the “Wellbeing Budget” and our economic direction.

His answers are not what you will hear from any party in our current parliament because they all support what he calls the ” business as usual model” . In other words Neoliberalism. The idea if the rich are allowed to become even richer by not taxing their wealth then somehow we will all be better off

You can find the interview here:

Please also watch the The People’s Budget when you have a moment.

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You can find The People’s Budget Debate on NZPTV here:

You can also find it on YouTube here:

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.


    • Geoff, yes, the link has been included. Scroll back and you will see it, under the photo of Ganesh Nana. Click on the words ‘you can find the interview here.’

  1. Well what do you expect he is an economist of course he would support the status quo he is part of this establishment. Economics is bit one part of our economy.

  2. If an “economist” didn’t support the BAU status quo suicide pact, then he would be out of work.

    Economists have no credentials to usefully influence changes needed.

    Business NZ has repeatedly blocked both NACT and Labour’s pathetic attempts to greenwash climate mitigation policy.

    Nana, nana, nana, without variation.

    Most “economists” called to comment publicly pump out the same old shit Bus NZ wants you to believe ……….. successfully.

    Inequality is what their aim with the lion’s share kept locked into the transnational investor pocket.

  3. That explains why he looks like the vampire in the basement in ‘What we do in the shadows’.

    Accountants do one thing well. Nothing of value. Nothing of value is what they do well.
    If one wants a clearer picture of a future where the economics of it are best tied to a post in a paddock then guarded in case some bankster tries to mate with it, ask an artist?
    Artists are the very best at economic advice because they, generally speaking, don’t give a fuck about economics. So long as they’re comfortably off enough to create art. To create culture. To write, to create beauty in music, film, photographs etc and live flamboyant, lustrous and sometimes tragic lives of drug and alcohol addictions. None of those things, however, are as dangerous to society, as deadly to the soul of our cities and lands as some money fetishist accountant spending one day in his or her office. Their robotic little minds fiddling about with the money of others in the form of digits and numerals.
    The other, most dangerous thing accountants are by their very nature, is corruptible. Wave money about and they’ll wear a pink G string and let you spank them until you’ve had enough… then they’ll send you their invoice.
    A final word of warning:
    If a wanna-be politician also happens to be an accountant? Never, ever, ever, ever, ever,ever vote for the fucker. Farmers and accountants? Never, ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever. Vote? Nope siree.

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