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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – I’m getting tired of the 9 years argument.

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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.

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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.

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34 Comments

  1. DOC HORRORDAY says:

    Bryan Bruce is getting tired.

  2. Zack Brando says:

    If the general election was held today, there is a high likelihood I’d vote Act.

    I like Act’s cannabis stance, free speech stance, education outlook, housing solutions, good policy guidelines, etc.

    Even their flat tax policy is interesting, though stopping government contributions to KiwiSaver gives me pause and makes Australia look more inviting.

    Slim pickings, I certainly won’t be voting Labour, National or the Greens. David is 100% right, ‘the Greens are dangerous to freedom of speech’.

    I don’t want to live in a society where their is no contest of ideas, religious rule, missed opportunities cus nobody dear speak, etc. Such oppression has happened throughout the story of man. It exists in many countries most of us wouldn’t choose to reside

    Labour and the Greens are becoming very dangerous indeed. I’m still blocked from Labour’s Facebook page, yet all other parties are happy to hear my opinions.

    Labour are a ship of fools, just look at Kelvin Davis, not much talent on the front or the back benches – truly cringe-worthy stuff at times.

    The whole fingering of the meritocracy by trying to have a equal balance of males and females in Caucasus is putting the countries governance in peril, considering the lack of talented government MPs

    • Snow White says:

      Zack, why are you blocked from Labour’s Facebook page ?

      Did you use bad language – like a Green – or think bad thoughts, or what ?

      • Zack Brando says:

        I pointed out that Labour only started to care about the housing crisis a year out from the general election.

        Also I pointed out that CO2 causes plants to grow more virulently.

        I really don’t know .. Labour just loose out in the end because they show themselves to be anti-intellectual, unwilling to engage in debate.

        They’ll get exposed and mocked on YouTube soon enough

        • Snow White says:

          Zack, it would be interesting to know who does the blocking, it could be some junior staffer.

          From what you’ve said here, you gave them the opportunity to provide you with a constructive answer, which is what switched-on politicos would have done. A clever person could have produced answers.

          I don’t think anti-intellectualism is just a Labour attribute though – its a Kiwi thing.

          I had a similar experience emailing the Greens on a specific issue. I got no response, and was dropped from their email list for months, then I was resurrected.

        • Mjolnir says:

          “Also I pointed out that CO2 causes plants to grow more virulently”

          Water is good for you as well Zack

          How much of it can you take in before you drown?

          Apply that rule to everything

    • Mjolnir says:

      “If the general election was held today, there is a high likelihood I’d vote Act.”

      Oh goodie, more of the same bullshit policies that benefit millionaires and send others into poverty and living in cars

      Just what we nedd after 30 yearsof failure, more of the same

  3. Mark says:

    Labour is now National lite. Left wing, right wing, both wings of the same corporations. Labour just sells themselves as the people’s party but in reality everybody is still getting screwed its just Labours slogans make the hobbits feel good but dont deliver anything realistic.
    Both main parties spend all their time undoing each others policies without actually developing anything worthwhile, all the recent reviews just seem like studies on ways to scrape more tax from us rather than helping the people who voted for them.
    Im disabled and just about to jump into a wheelchair. Im married to somebody who works so I get no help or assistance from the either govt. The latest budget is meant to be about wellbeing but the disabled actually got a budget cut rather than an increase in funding they desperately asked for, if wellbeing is their slogan then shouldnt it cover the most vulnerable, no its just another slogan of good feelings and meaning nothing. Had enough of all of them, not going to bother voting anymore, just get the same BS

  4. countryboy says:

    Bryan Bruce needs a line of coke and a hatchet.
    Bryan Bruce can, and does, spell it out in black and white with the contrast dialled up to 10 and we go ” B’yawwn. Nothin’ new. Sweet-as. She’ll be right. All we need is three feeds a day.”
    The reality is clear and simple. AO/NZ is dis-eased because WE are fucked. Of course, our politicians are crooks, deviants and liars. Of course they are. I’d be worried and surprised if they were not.
    It is the collective us whom we should be worried about. Never mind the ‘Thems’. The privateer riche using all-bought-and-paid-for politicians to manipulate the Laissez-faire they head-fucked into us and now? All they have to do is dip into our pockets while we acquiesce without barely a murmur.
    Our country, overall, is in the condition it’s in because of us. And more alarmingly, it’s in the condition it’s in specifically because of the you’s and me’s. The ones who come here. We know better. Leave the poor old right wing to their beer and sausages. They just don’t have the spherical, thinky-thinky brain power to figure things out and they’re so arrogant that they think they don’t need to make inquiries even though their ship’s on fire and the rats, loaded up to their gunnels with our money are now swimming for it should be a clue,but no.
    Bryan Bruce doesn’t need to be told he may be tired. He may need a cruise but then don’t we all.
    Bryan Bruce needs to be told he’s fucking awesome. Not whacked by Poppy Knockers.
    ( That might be a new one, and it’s mine. So there.)
    @ Bryan Bruce? Ignore the ‘Three To Five Word’ers’ and soldier on son.
    I watched your ‘ Who owns NZ Now?’ and it’s fucking superb.
    I watched this one by Alister Barry years ago.
    ‘Someone Else’s Country.’
    And yet? Despite that? We still have our heads up our arses??
    We should all look to the noble sheep. See what happens to them if they think acting individually is good, over all, for the flock.
    ( Sheep fact #1. If you’re pushing sheep into a corner or trying to get them through an unfamiliar-to-them gate, one or two of the fittest/ fastest come out to the edge of the mob and eye up the situation. If there’s a gap between the farmer and the dogs the sheep will bolt for it through that gap flat out. If the sheep succeeds in making good its escape? The mob will certainly follow. If they get dragged down by the dogs then hog tied by the farmer the mob goes “ Oh! Fuck! Poor old Brian! He’s dog tucker!” The rebel sheep will sacrifice themselves for the sake of the mob. We AO/NZ’ers can’t even come up to sheep standards FFS. ) People like Bryan Bruce and Alister Barry have their work cut out for them, that’s for sure.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      … ” Bryan Bruce doesn’t need to be told he may be tired. He may need a cruise but then don’t we all.
      Bryan Bruce needs to be told he’s fucking awesome”…

      ——————————

      I agree. I just couldn’t understand all the Tommy knocker jerks ( Stephen Kings term ) who were criticizing him. Guys like Bryan have contributed more than any of them put together, so much so I have posted his brilliant documentary over at The Standard in response to Rimmer’s ( Seymour’s ) latest turd to fall out of his mouth about a flat tax rate.

      I hope your OK with me doing that, Bryan.

      Because the message needs to get out there to as many as possible.

  5. WILD KATIPO says:

    … ” 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”…

    ——————————-

    Yeah.

    Its called ‘third way’ politics /economic theory , – broadly coined after the war criminal Tony Blair of the Labour party introduced it after Maggie Thatcher.

    Good article.

    Another good website is this one from Hugh Price of Hugh Price Publishers and was a contemporary of the thefts and rorts from Douglas’s time ( 1984 ) through to John Key.

    New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
    http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

    Then there’s 3 others which serve a similar purpose :

    New Zealand – In a Land of Plenty Full Doco – YouTube
    Video for New Zealand – In a Land of Plenty Full Doco▶ 1:44:13
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x04aJ_ICqYo

    New Zealand – Somebody Elses Country Full Doco – YouTube
    Video for New Zealand – Somebody Elses Country Full Doco▶ 1:47:20
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJQvKIHV6n4

    Ruthanasia – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruthanasia

    ================

    That should about do it to expose the rorters and the wreckers, the thieves and the criminals.

  6. Leaps says:

    The main problem is that it’s easy to sell right neoliberal thinking – you just say (or yell) tax breaks, small government, and lazy beneficiaries – and you’re done.
    However, when it comes to left-wing philosophy, it’s a lot harder to sell as if you want to raise taxes you have to have a good reason and explain it. If you want to increase government regulations again you have to justify it. Finally paying beneficiaries a benefit they can live off again stops a whole load of societal ills (prostitution, crime, child hood poverty, etc, etc).
    Of course this is not helped by MSM headlines and reporting that tend to reduce everything down to a tag line and simplify stories to meaninglessness.
    Labour want to get re-elected and justifying larger policy changes is not easy.

    • MickeyBoyle says:

      There are a lot of greedy selfish people in power, who waste our money on frivolous bullshit for their own gain. Many simply do not trust those in power to spend their hard earned wisely and efficiently, that is why more taxes and regulations are hard to sell. Not to mention that our side of politics consistantly fails to get out of their corner and start swinging for our beliefs. We prefer to stay in our corner, get DQ’d then moan because we are not as transformational as we believe. Case in point was the CGT and upcoming cannabis referendum, that looks like it’ll fail due to our ineptitude in allowing our opponents to scare monger and control the narrative.

    • The Chairman says:

      @LEAPS

      Jacinda, if she wanted too, is more than capable (and has the political capital) to sell left wing policy that will benefit and win over the majority.

    • Philj says:

      Haha. Luv it ” just say (or yell) tax breaks, small government, and lazy beneficiaries – and you’re done.” Susinct and spot on. Thanks.

  7. John Souker says:

    “you cannot have the the politics of kindness funded by the economics of selfishness”.

    Now that is a great line.

    I do wonder whether we can have any party introducing the politics of kindness without them coming under serious attack by the agents of power? You’d need a regime so controlling (to prevent foreign backed destabilization) it would look like Iran or Russia and look where that’s got them…

    How do we stop this and claim back our sovereignty?

  8. MickeyBoyle says:

    What do you suggest we replace neoliberalism with?. People keep going on about how bad it is, show us its replacement and explain how it would work and how it will improve society.

  9. The Chairman says:

    @Bryan Bruce

    When is the hard hitting documentary coming holding this lot to account, Bryan?

    If you release one soon, there is still time for them to improve. Releasing it later runs the risk of costing them the next election.

    The People’s Budget was great, but it got little coverage by the mainstream.

    Did you invite anyone from the Government to attend and did they? I failed to spot any.

  10. Im right says:

    It’s amazing that when someone makes a statement that is not flattering to Labour/Greens but is of the left then the comments are insightful and a reasonable discussion ensues. If someone from the right had said what Bryan is saying the posts would all be anti-national/key diatribes!
    And yet if Bryan posted it on The Standard he would be a traitor and in the pocket of National….go figure

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      Your being nonsensical on two counts.

      One is the fact that most here are disgusted by neo liberalism,- regardless of what political party practices it. In any shape or form. And that includes the incrementalist ‘third way Blairite’ variant as well. So its not an issue of Labour versus National , – its about neo liberalism.

      Have you even bothered to watch Bryans documentary on neo liberalism and its origins?

      And if you have, – did you see the Conservative party of England’s spokesman saying that neo liberalism is a failure? Backing up what the IMF has stated?

      The second reason your being nonsensical is : ” And yet if Bryan posted it on The Standard he would be a traitor and in the pocket of National ”…

      Say what ? Come again ?

      The Standard?

      I just posted his documentary over there. ROFL !!!

      And why ?, – to slap it squarely in the face of the neo liberal caucus members in Labour !!! That’s why !!!, – and every other neo liberal idiot from either National or Labour who may try to justify Seymour’s latest suggestion of TAX CUTS for the rich and higher taxes for the poor and the entrenched poverty that ideology brings.

      • Im right says:

        “Have you even bothered to watch Bryans documentary on neo liberalism and its origins?”

        LoL…..absolutely not!

  11. Jase says:

    I just want to say to Bryan Bruce….”thank you”.

    You beautifully present the altruistic and compassionate models of how society can be organised.

    People like yourself (and many here on TDB) continue to inspire motivation and hope in the rest of us.

  12. Philj says:

    Haha. Luv it ” just say (or yell) tax breaks, small government, and lazy beneficiaries – and you’re done.” Susinct and spot on. Thanks.

  13. Philj says:

    Thank you Bryan. I wonder who will be NZ’s Trump, as the faerie dust will not work?

  14. Philj says:

    Haha. Luv it ” just say (or yell) tax breaks, small government, and lazy beneficiaries – and you’re done.” Susinct and spot on. Thanks.

  15. DennyPaoa DennyPaoa says:

    But the PM’s got great teef!

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