Bill Birch has published his memoirs! A book launch is imminent.
Bill BIrch, aka Champion of “Think Big”.
Think Big, was Keynesian economics taken to the extreme by a Tory government which, as an example of its Populist Politics of the times, also introduced SMPs (supplementary minimum payments of $X dollars above the market price paid to loyal Tory voting famers) which resulted in 70 million sheep and a stockpile of meat the country could not sell – until the Soviets rocked up and helped ameliorate the mess created by subsidies funded by (as I recall) secondary employment tax on individuals at over 63cents in the dollar!
Bill Birch, who in Opposition, castigated Labour (Roger Douglas, RIchard Prebble, Trevor de Clene and co) for selling “Strategic Assets” or “Selling the Silver”, re-emerged a born again, in the National government (in which I was an MP,) emulating they whom he had condemned a term earlier!
Bill became as a “free marketeer” – selling the same “Strategic Assets” he had earlier condemned.
Bill justified National’s reverting to its true philosophy, by saying he was providing competition in the market place to drive down prices and benefit the consumer.
Remarkably, he then sold the railway lines i.e. where the trains operate, to the same US company to whom he sold the rail business i.e. the trains & carriages..
Any competitor who wanted to enter the free market (now that the government Ministry of Rail was extinct) and start a rail business, to provide competition and cheaper outputs for the consumer, was immediately disadvantaged by having to pay a fee the US company which owned the railway lines, being the only rail corridor in the country – and hence (formerly) a , “Strategic Asset”!
Now, Bill is selling this wisdom to the next generation.
But wait! There’s more.
During a period in our history when we are being told to avoid public gatherings – why? The virus in case you missed it.
Bill and is team are holding a soirée at Judith Collin’s Electorate.
Ross Meurant; a former high-ranking police officer, former Member of Parliament, formerly with commercial interests in Syria and Iran and currently Honorary Consul for an African state.