But it was also, in many ways, a crossroads, and a coming of age for us. It challenged our perceptions of ourselves and our country. It also heralded the arrival of the winds of change.
When, a few years later, the Muldoon Government was swept out of power and along with it some of its extreme interventionist measures like wage, price and interest rate controls, we went from one of the world’s most closed economies, to one of the most open.
Tracy Watkins is wrong – we need Fortress Aotearoa!
Doesn’t it feel great that the wage shortage has bosses begging us for once? Doesn’t it feel good to have actual bargaining power? How about we keep those fucking borders shut hu?
Why aren’t we talking about the benefits of keeping the borders closed?
- No hyper tourism
- Near full employment
- Higher wages
- Less migrant exploitation
Imagine how much worse the housing crisis would be with pre-Covid tourism?
If we accept that Covid will require annual injections, that mutations will continue to threaten to mutate and reinfect, and we acknowledge our supply chains will be marred by lockdowns in poorer countries overru by the virus – then why are we hurrying to open the borders?
Add to this the increase in climate extremes that will drive migration, shouldn’t we be keeping the borders shut rather than open?
Many of the free market neoliberal cows are being slaughtered, why try and resurrect them?
Right now NZ voters are forgiving Labour for 190000 kids in poverty, 22521 on emergency social housing lists, mental health sector failures, Oranga Tamariki abuse and locking generations out of home ownership all because Jacinda is keeping Covid out.
All that forgiveness evaporates in a second if Covid gets into an unvaccinated NZ and forces another lock down.
The future is set with external shocks, the tyranny of our distance is now our strength.
We need Fortress Aotearoa – a focus on protecting the realm of NZ while urgently becoming self sufficient.
The climate crisis future we face will cause more pandemics and more mass migration.
Globalism in person is dead. Why race to reopen doors to a dead and dying planet?
Turns out Muldoon was just ahead of the curve.
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