GUEST BLOG: Chris Leitch – Actions speak louder than words

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My mother was born in London. She was a very cultured English lady. Not posh in the Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey – dowager countess way and not rich like her either. My parents could never afford to own a house. But she was very well-spoken, well educated, and well read. Practical too – she drove an ambulance in London during the blitz.

Amongst her favourite sayings, ‘actions speak louder than words’, or simply ‘deeds not words’, was one of her special favourites.

She had a keen sense of history and a perspective shaped by it. That’s substantially more than you could say about some of today’s younger, supposed rising stars like Chloe Swarbrick.

Swarbrick appears to think the pinnacle of her achievements would have been to make it easier for a new generation, and many more of the current one, to get stoned as an escape from the reality of a life vastly superior to the one my mother had, growing up through the depression and the bombing of London in World War 2.

My mother would have thought that housing mothers and kids living in cars, sheds and government-funded motel rooms would have been a far greater achievement, as would ensuring that no child in New Zealand went to school in the morning or to bed at night without having their hunger satisfied.

Swarbrick is making headlines in a world where truth is what you make it, where history is being rewritten as you wished it was, and where new Maori MP’s think they are standing up for Maori by insulting the very institution that is providing them with the platform to resolve some of the issues affecting Maori – like kids and mothers living in cars and kids going to school in the morning and to bed at night hungry – if they were to use it.

While what British and Colonial troops may have done to Maori in the past cannot be condoned, to describe it as a holocaust and a genocide shows a complete lack of understanding of history and is a far greater insult to the Jews of Germany, Poland, Austria and other European countries who were sent to the gas ovens under the Nazis and to the two million Cambodians who died under Pol Pot’s savage Khmer Rough regime, than any insult Stuff newspapers last week got on their knees and begged for forgiveness over.


Our Prime Minister, while in a stratospheric league in comparison to these beginners, is none-the-less guilty of similar virtue signalling and a distinct lack of action on the real things that count.

In her 2017 campaign opening speech, Jacinda said “I want to build a country where every child grows up free from poverty, and is filled with hope and opportunity”. 

“We know we have homelessness, that there are people living in cars who can’t afford increasing rents”.

“We have infrastructure in our cities that cannot keep up with daily demand, while our regions look for the job opportunities that will make their young people sta”y.

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“All we can do is make sure we leave something good behind. That means taking on the hard issues. Thinking not just about the next three years, but the next ten. It means being bold and being brave”.

Of climate change she said “This is my generation’s nuclear free moment, and I am determined that we will tackle it head on”, 

While being quick off the mark to remove guns from law abiding gun owners following the Christchurch mosque shootings, to supposedly make New Zealand a safer place to live in, there has been precious little action on the issues highlighted in that election speech.

Interestingly there have been more shootings and gun incidents in the past three months than in the last three years.

Now, three years after that campaign speech a formal announcement of a climate emergency – ”the challenge that defines my generation”.

Jacinda appears to think the pinnacle of her achievements are those two items in particular, and she will no doubt be feted more across the globe for this latest.

My mother would have thought that housing mothers and kids living in cars, sheds and government-funded motel rooms would have been a far greater achievement, as would ensuring that no child in New Zealand went to school in the morning or to bed at night without having their hunger satisfied.

To go back even further, in her maiden speech in Parliament in December 2008 Jacinda said “Maiden speeches are a bit like words spoken in a heated argument. Like it or not, they will come back to haunt you.”

Haunting her are those campaign promises.

 It is a national disgrace that 6,000 Kiwis are being accommodated in motels, and a further 7,000 are in transitional housing, camping grounds, boarding houses, and other temporary accommodation.

In addition another 31,000 are staying with others in severely crowded dwellings with little hope of ever being able to dream about owning their own house, let alone achieving that dream with the way prices are skyrocketing.

One in three New Zealand children is now living in poverty and our infrastructure is in critical condition and contributing to our lack of productivity.

Those are her generation’s nuclear free moment, and there are no longer any excuses for not being “bold and being brave” and “taking on the hard issues”. 

We saw action on Covid-19 and a spectacularly rapid economic response. While commendable, that wasn’t “bold and being brave”. It was simply following most of the rest of the world.

Michael Joseph Savage, whose picture features on the wall of the Prime Minister’s Beehive office, was different. He got stuck in to the task of building state houses and tackling poverty within months of taking office. 

He implemented Social Credit ideas, using the Reserve Bank to create the credit necessary to rebuild the nation.

He appointed John A Lee as housing under-secretary and they built 5,000 state houses in four years from 1935 to 1939, and 30,000 by 1949, all financed by Reserve Bank credit. 

Today, the Reserve Bank is again creating credit – $128 billion dollars worth – but it’s being used to buy government IOU’s (bonds) off banks and rich investors at a premium that’s going to provide them a profit of $11.1 billion over three years.

That $11.1 billion should be going into building state houses, and some of the $128 billion the Bank is creating could be invested in hospital care, poverty reduction, providing free dental care and free public transport, building infrastructure, and a multitude of other possibilities.

The government has absolute power. It has a Treasury and Reserve Bank report advising how it could access no-interest, no-debt Reserve Bank finance. It has former high flying politicians and numerous economists saying it should use that, and it has Michael Joseph Savage’s example to follow.

The Social Credit movement of the 1930s was happy to see Labour implement its monetary reform ideas. It would be happy to do so again in the 2020s.

Remember my mother’s favourite saying – “actions speak louder than words”.

Chris Leitch is the Leader of Social Credit Party 

11 COMMENTS

  1. “The Social Credit movement of the 1930s was happy to see Labour implement its monetary reform ideas. It would be happy to do so again in the 2020s.”
    Except they won’t. They are thoroughly captured, like National, by their owners & donors.
    So the only way forward is to vote Nat/Lab out, and Social Credit in !!

    • Social Credit: “They are thoroughly captured, like National, by their owners & donors.”
      I am a member of Social Credit and I would dearly love to know who these owners are. The kind of people who buy up parties want a return on their investment. If a party cannot get a representative MP into parliament it is of no interest. It has been a very long time since they had an MP and sadly it will be long into the future. So their owners are nobodies like me, who vote for them not to win but promote views that we believe work. Of course, Jase, donations are always welcome.

      • Hi bonash. Yeah I was meaning that Labour and National are fully captured, and locked into policy settings that maintain the status quo whereby only a few benefit at the expense of many. Same as it ever was, to quote David Byrne.
        In no way was I suggesting Social Credit is in a similar position. Indeed, my thoughts are that we need to give up on National & Labour, and vote for Social Credit. If I am still on this mortal coil in 2023, they will be getting my vote for sure.
        Looking at their policies, they surely deserve a return to Parliament in my opinion 🙂

  2. As I’ve written/commented here many times… the foreign owned banks are the problem and I have no doubt that our feeble few little AO/NZ banks would love to get in on the action too.
    The reason why foreign owned banks love us so much is because we’re suckers. Schmucks. We’re the hand left holding the beans. The biggest problem the terminally stupid are plagued by is their unwavering belief in the myth that they’re brilliant, handsome, clever and talented while never noticing that someone has a hand in their pocket, that they can’t make a fist without written instructions with pictures and diagrams, they look like something that’s run from the bar scene in Star Wars after they fell face first into the juicer, they think ‘clever’ is being able to hang wet clothes on a line while whistling the theme song to The Andy Griffiths Show simultaneously and they breed, drive past you in the opposite direction at 100kph, vote, or worse, don’t vote, run with scissors and may, one day, marry your son or daughter. Maybe both if you’re lucky! ?
    Think about it?
    Two fucking things.
    Fucking thing one. We must nurture our farmers while luring them away from intensive chemical farming practises and into regenerative farming. Or we starve. Yes we will.
    “Global soils underpin life but future looks ‘bleak’, warns UN report ”
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/04/global-soils-underpin-life-but-future-looks-bleak-warns-un-report
    But wait? There’s more !
    https://kisstheground.com/
    Fucking thing two.
    We must crush the foreign banksters to a smear.
    Or?
    We’ll be reduced to a servant class to the very rich who will deploy AI to watch over us lest we become uppity.
    Oh? Wait? Hang on a minute…! ! ! ?
    “NZ reaction to Police face tech powers hilariously laid back”
    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2020/12/08/nz-reaction-to-police-face-tech-powers-hilariously-laid-back/
    As John Wayne once wrote: “ Life’s though but it’s thougher if you’re stupid.”

  3. …”My mother would have thought that housing mothers and kids living in cars, sheds and government-funded motel rooms would have been a far greater achievement, as would ensuring that no child in New Zealand went to school in the morning or to bed at night without having their hunger satisfied.”…

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    Ah, but she was among the ‘Great Generation’ that knew what imminent death and going without in a state of national emergency was all about. Unlike the OK Boomer generation who don’t give a fig about all those sorts of inconveniences’.

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    …”It is a national disgrace that 6,000 Kiwis are being accommodated in motels, and a further 7,000 are in transitional housing, camping grounds, boarding houses, and other temporary accommodation.

    In addition another 31,000 are staying with others in severely crowded dwellings with little hope of ever being able to dream about owning their own house, let alone achieving that dream with the way prices are skyrocketing.

    One in three New Zealand children is now living in poverty and our infrastructure is in critical condition and contributing to our lack of productivity.”…

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    1/ Repeal the Reserve Bank Act . Govt command the RB to print more cash , so the govt takes on its own debt and not some foreign banker, – this will have the dual effect of helping to stop NZ currency in being one of the highest traded currency’s in the world, – and more importantly , – like Michael Joseph Savage before them, ensure massive housing builds can take place. And other infrastructure project such as hospital upgrades, schools and the like. The spin off , of course is the huge spend up creates massive employment opportunity’s . And, along with that, – a huge increase in wages for those workers. No more excuses for cheap skate capitalist company’s to offer their shitty minimum wages. And massive investments in the sciences and other lucrative technology that has long been neglected in this country. Fisheries, forestry and value added products for export is the name of the game.

    2/ Get rid of the Aussie parasitic banks. Grab a pair of steel capped boots and kick them swiftly up the arse. That’ll teach them to extract 6 billion dollars each year out of our cash strapped nation and to bowl underarm. F@ck em. They cant even pronounce fish and chips correctly. We don’t need ’em, didn’t ask for ’em and sure as hell dont want ’em here acting like oversized cattle ticks. F@ck ’em.

  4. I like your style Chris calling a spade a spade.
    Procrastination in homelessness , welfare and medicines funding in 2021 is NOT AN OPTION to many peoples lives depend on ACTION HAPPENING and not teeny weeny little steps either.
    GO LARGE OR GO HOME.

  5. I am sorry that as soon as I saw the words Social Credit I wrote the article off but having some spare time I read it and was surprised how much sense it made about what we should real care about . I will certainly look further into this party .

    • Trevor Sennitt: “…was surprised how much sense it made about what we should real care about.”

      Me too. Chris Leitch has given the PM a richly-deserved broadside.

      I remember Social Credit from my youth. I’m old enough to remember the “funny money” epithet chucked at the party.

      But now, listening to candidates at election meetings, I’ve realised that SC makes more sense than either Labour or National. Vote the other lot out and SC in at the next election!

  6. Read some New Zealand History.
    Take a quick look at how John.A.Lee financed state housing.
    Take another look at how New Zealand paid for its war effort 1939-1945 without borrowing any money from foreign banks.
    Compare flourishing and prospering Post war New Zealand with bankrupt and debt ridden Britain
    Then wonder why the f..k we are still following a capitalist model that keeps failing most people.
    Sorry I forgot – bankers and investors do not like credit reform because they cannot make huge profits.

    • The reason NZ boomed during the war is we had what the world wanted. In 1939 NZ had financial difficulties we were about to go cap in hand for a loan, we also had wool, lots of it, much still in storage- we couldn’t even sell it cheaply. Then as soon as war was declared Britain bought -in cash, our entire wool clip to make uniforms, blankets and everything else, they would also buy as much as we could produce for the duration of the war. In an instant NZ was financially saved, but things got even better, we sold our meat too. When America entered the war, we provided food in volume for their troops in the pacific. NZ was one of the few nations involved in the war to come out in profit. Just these few things set NZ up for a prosperous post war period.

  7. If you hadn’t have thrown in several straw man attacks within the first third of the article I might have read it through to the end.

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