It goes like this. National were in government for 9 years and ran everything down and you can’t expect this Labour led coalition to fix everything straight away.
There is some truth to this statement. National DID manage the economy to the benefit of the wealthy few at the expense of the many not only in their last term but every term of government they have had over the last three decades.
But this is what neoliberal economics is all about and it is the system that Labour introduced in 1984 when our current Prime Minister was 4 years old.
So Labour is simply reaping the social issues it sowed from a theory of economic management it introduced
( and maintained while in government during the Helen Clark years ) that is designed to pamper the wealthy few at the expense of the many.
Every political party currently in parliament is supporting this “business as usual” model which has government serving the interests of Capital instead of the other way around.
Now, until we address the fact that you cannot have the the politics of kindness funded by the economics of selfishness you will not see the dramatic change in social policies – housing,health,education and so on – that we REALLY need to put in place to regain the much fairer society we lost 35 years ago.
That’s why I hosted The People’s Budget. I want New Zealanders to understand that there is an alternative way we could be running our economy if the mismatch, as I say, between the politics of kindness and the economics of selfishness is resolved.
PS if you are looking for something to watch this weekend please consider viewing The People’s Budget which you can find here:
If you want to know more about how neoliberalism took over our economy and what it did to it – you can watch my Mind The Gap documentary here:
And if you would like to learn more about how our housing crisis came about you can find my documentary Who Own New Zealand Now? here:
Brilliant cartoon by Garrick Tremain
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.