This ‘liberal’ side of Red Squad Monster – Ross Meurant, manifest when as an MP, I supported legalizing abortion; gay rights; legalizing dope; voted against hanging and for banning nuke ships (it was I and my electorate executive who initiated and successfully pursued National’s adoption of Labour’s “No Nukes” policy).
However, when it comes to economic policy; I am hard core private sector; work hard and reap the rewards. Pure Machiavelli: Good Fortune is Hard Work. Which puts me at variance with many of the Daily Bog’s disciples.
Watching the mood of Daily Blog, one cannot fail to feel the socialist ethos lurking in the mist of economic chaos currently descending upon us all.
“Capitalism is dead. State ownership and equality for all is our salvation,” is the clarion call.
If you didn’t fall asleep during this resurrection of communism – let’s get back to the real world.
- Increase benefits for people who won’t work!
- Protection of tenants who won’t pay rent!
Now we have the curse of COVID 19 descending upon us with more fury than the chattering classes postulating the coming again of Marx.
The fact is, that more than 50% of the jobs are provided by working class who got off their arse; put some thought into where in the market they could deliver their skillset (be it bricklaying or IT technology); took a second mortgage over the family home – and took the risk to start a small business – AND – provide jobs for others!
However! Covid 19 is putting a serious handbrake on this group of enterprising people to whom NZ owes much.
But is the solution, a Socialist Revolution? If so, where does the money come from?
Free tertiary education for all! Fell on the floor along with cheap houses for the proletariat. Reason. Simple economics m8! Not enough money in the Treasury – a piggy bank dependent on tax paid by those who do go to work.
Let’s bring in capital gains tax!
Ignore that this was the ladder that many plebs and proletarians, who did go to work and who were prepared to lay off the piss and other entrenched rights of the of they who rely on the health and education system created by tax paying Kiwis; to buy a house.
And a few years later; sell that house and buy in a ‘better’ locality. For after all, who among us do not seek to improve their wellbeing, status and opportunities for their children?
This entrenched ladder out of the gutter, is ignored by the soothsayers who insist that capital gains tax will make us all the more equal in a glorious socialist society. Equal at the bottom – not equal in the middle classes.
So, where is the money going to come from to support this state of altruism?
Government can borrow! Yeah Right M8. To a point.
No worries. Borrow, for tomorrow may never come. Socialism will socialize the debt.
Ironic. In the end, we pay the biggest capitalist roadsters on the planet – American lenders propping-up our banks which prop-up our government. The full circle?
Which brings me back to a consistent harp in recent posts I’ve penned for the Daily Blog:
The economic pain will be greater than the medical pain – UNLESS – Jacinda (who has performed marvelously so for in this crisis), puts her faith in the ability of the private business sector, to recover and restore, New Zealand.
She also needs to remember: People vote with the hand on their wallet. People forget the good but sure as hell remember the bad. Therefore, a strategy to delay the elections, is in my view, a bad idea from Labour’s position.
Already Winston is supporting the merit of economic recovery as soon as possible. That alone, will get him back over 5%. The current swing to Labour, completely eradicates the Greens.
Jacinda needs level 3 ASAP. More important than Jacinda, the country needs Level 3 ASAP.
NB I wont vote for her – not that I don’t think she has performed exceedingly well facing off COVID 19 – but because I know, money does not grow on trees.
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.