I caught a little of THREE’s breakfast show this morning.The host Ryan Bridge was snapping out an opinion moment that we should not elect governments on the basis of the personality of the leader.
I didn’t record it but,as I recall, his words were to the effect that we should not elect governments on good looks and personality but on policy.
Of course I agree. Policy is a far more important thing to consider than personality when casting your vote.
But the piece was a not- so- thinly veiled attack on Prime Minister Ardern on the basis of her looks and personality and it was right there that the self- serving aspect of Bridge’s argument revealed it’s shallowness.
Putting personality politics aside Jacinda Ardern is proving herself to be an outstanding leader. Full stop.
As for policies – because of the a the Cov-19 pandemic Labour’s economic policies have moved in the Keynesian direction I have advocated for a very long time. That the economy is there for the many, not the few.
Labour still aren’t there yet in my view. I still see large corporations getting in their ear with the’ too big to fail’ fallacy. ( Let’s not bail out Air NZ let’s just own it!)
The coming few years ( I cannot guess how many) are going to be tough. We are going to have a recession and it is going to be a big one.
I want to elect a government that gets actively involved in the marketplace not one that says’ leave it to private busines to fix’.
Why? Because businesses are focused on profit , not people, and always act in the interests of their shareholders.
Governments are elected to act in the interests of the people and we can control who rules us by voting them out.
We cannot contol those to whom we give the power to exploit us .
Once you allow( as we have done) private interests to run our mortgage market, it essentially gives a licence to those private interests to print money.
So when you listen to people like Ryan Bridges expressing his opinion think about who is paying his salary.
THREE is entirely owned by a New York based Hedge fund.
Don’t be fooled.The global financial elites have not been sleeping during the pandemic. They have been lobbying hard to get back to “business as usual”.
But let me remind you “business as usual” – the pre pandemic economy- benefitted the few not the many and THAT is what they want us to return to.
Well I for one don’t want that. How about you?
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.