Tuesday, May 27, 2008

That vision thing!

Bruce Sheppard of the NZ Shareholders Association laments the lack of vision among our political leaders.
For the last 40 years New Zealand has drifted along on the world stage, with a collective thought that “she’ll be right mate, tomorrow will do….” (When it comes to any action that might be a bit hard or unpleasant.).
Successive political leadership has done little to counter this ambivalence to the future of the nation. Worse, various political parties display no appearance of any vision for the future, and even less ability to communicate one if they indeed have one to the public. So the apparent lack of vision is doubled by a lack of leadership.
Bruce offers a vision of a free, prosperous property owning democracy, but points out that far from getting there, the country is actually slipping, with many people having no savings and more liabilities than assets.
Anyway, Bruce presents a fair and damning indictment of New Zealand and the direction we are going.
He also says this will be the first of five blog posts on the issue.
Like some of the respondents to his post, I feel Bruce is harsh in singling out New Zealand for this, though as it's our home, why not? But Britain, the US, Australia and elsewhere all seem to be lacking that 'vision thing' at the moment.
Many politicians, both Liarbour and National, seem to offer little beyond the next opinion poll. Why else is National keeping quiet on its taxcuts, why else did Liarbour finally deliver some, even if it was simply a matter of reducing fiscal drag, when taxcuts are the anti-thesis of everything Liarbour believes in.
Dear Leader has never said much, if anything, about the feminist, lesbian socialist utopia Ian Wishart would accuse her of wanting to take New Zealand into.; or anything really. Is it all about her gaining and keeping Absolute Power?
John Key, likewise, has said little.
As a youngster, I remember leader like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, who had vision. Usually it took a crisis to help them formulate a vision to sell to the masses. For Thatcher it was the endless industrial chaos of the 1970s and the 'Winter of Discontent' and Britain economicaly being the Sick Man of Europe. She offered taxcuts and a property owning democracy.
After the many failings of Jimmy Carter, it was thus easy for Reagan to talk of Morning in America and to set a clear direction for the USA.
New Zealand had its crisis too, when Muldoonism bankrupted the country and Lange and Douglas implemented their reforms. While Liarbour is currenly instilling a creeping socialism, much of Douglas's legacy remains.
Indeed, with Douglas back in the political game, and I look forward to meeting him on Thursday, Roger Douglas is perhaps the only politician around with vision. He talks of bringing New Zealand back up to Australian standards of living and bringing the children home. He has a policy prescription to help get us there.
Now, whether we agree or not Douglas has the right policy prescriptions, at least he has the courage to take a lead in the debate.
The other politicians, the other parties, seemingly offer no vision. Douglas's vision has not given ACT the boost I hoped, but at least it is there.
Are the other politicians too scared to offer a vision, either because they don't have one, or are too scared to see what the voters actually think?
Do our politicians lead or do they follow?
I would prefer New Zealand had a prime minister that is a leader and one that has a vision on where to take the nation.


Dave Mann said...

Bloody hell... that was a good post Fairfacts!

One of my biggest beefs about politics today is exactly what you have articulated so well here and the fact that government will fall by default into the hands of a party with absolutely no vision or sense of direction other than grabbing power for its own sake.

Thank you. Oh that we could be reading stuff like this in the editorials of the MSM.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree. Unfortunately MMP, the three year term, the politicisation and feminisation of education and the entrenchent of middle class welfare has smothered any notion of individual responsibilty, growth or vison from the all important swing voter.

Clark et al have been highly succesful on many fronts of permanently portraying Douglas/Richardson as pure evil and an anathema to the kiwi way of life.

Of course ironically it is in the past 9 years that if reform had been continued, we would now be sitting as a global leader in econmic and social growth.

It will take 20 years to undo the stagnation and destruction of Cullenomics.........if we choose to.

Heaven help us if we don't

BigGirlsBlouse said...

I like living in a socialist country and so do lots of other people. There's no secret about it - true democracy is linked to socialism through the works of Karl Marx. The right wing is totally evil....


Welcome to the right side of the blogosphere BigGirlsBlouse.
I looked at your blog and had a good laugh.
I enjoyed a few of your comments and the captions.
You seem to have a thing about John Key, which must be a sign of his success in getting up so many Liarbour noses.
I am sure Barnsley Bill, one of our regular commentators, will be honored to have been vilified by you.
Do drop by again soon.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Mr Fairfacts again.
If only Thatcher were 30 years younger and seeking residency in New Zealand.
Ditto with Reagan.
Only Roger Douglas and Rodney Hide seem to have vision for New Zealand and are brave enough to admit to their policies.
The trouble with National is I fear many have similar leanings but are too afraid to admit.
They want to win office.
Trouble is they face the conflict of either being Liarbore-Lite or having a secret right wing agenda.
It cannot be easy for Nats.