Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Even Rome wasn't built in a day.


I dug this up from a post before the election to remind people that this is the juggernaut that National, ACT (and the Maori Party, Adolf) are not only trying to stop, but unload, do a three point turn and head back up hill.
Just as the economic crisis is enabling Obama, Brown and Rudd to put their foot down on their accelerators, Key also has the opportunity to use the crisis to help achieve this turn around. In fact it may be our only chance. The trader in Key spies an opening. Buying when others are selling.
But it won't and can't happen overnight, which is why I said 20 years in my previous post.
2 Terms to apply the brakes, 1 term to perform the U turn and a decade for people reap the benefit of their newly found personal freedom and responsibilities.
Of course there will be people who will fight and kick every step of the way and even sneak in trying to add a trailer. And those are the people to whom I say "bugger off " now, because the rest of us have had enough.
But it is also important for "the rest of us" to stay focused on the long term picture. We may even have to swallow a few small rodents along the way, because the view from the top will be worth it.
Always remember the alternative is a giant road smash at the bottom of the hill as the juggernaut goes out of control.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Always remember the alternative is a giant road smash at the bottom of the hill as the juggernaut goes out of control.

The juggernaut is already out of control at the smash is pretty damn close. Bernard Hickey is saying NZ has a large chance of being bankrupt in the next 5 years

We don't have 3 terms to slow things down and then 10 years until the benefits become clear - unless National is planning on finally adjusting the electoral system, they'll be on the scrapheap long before then!

Labour's just sitting pretty: figuring that as soon as the recession really hits in say another year's time, they can blame the Tories and sweep back into power.

So I wouldn't be complacent. Sure Rome wasn't built in a day - but the Bamyan Buddhas were destroyed in a day even though they'd stood for 5000 years.

Lou Taylor said...

Actually anon i think that 70% of the people of NZ will not allow labour back in in 3 years, no matter what, and if Labour did manage to cobble together some government under MMP by promising the moon, then this country would be bankrupt. The productive people will flee.

Anonymous said...

Now here's a real start!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2248289/Ministry-restructured-20-jobs-cut


Environment Ministry restructuring will cost about 2,000 jobs, Prime Minister John Key said today.

There have already been job losses announced at one government agency, the Tertiary Education Commission. Hundreds of thousands are expected to follow.

Mr Key told reporters "major adjustments" were being made, partly as a result of a 90 percent cut in the ministry's baseline funding - which he said had been increased by 500% since 2000 by Labour.

"There will be some jobs remaining but it's less than two dozen," Mr Key said.

After the meeting, chief executive Paul Reynolds confirmed staff had been briefed on plans to restructure the ministry, partly in response to Cabinet decisions on Monday to axe programmes

Asked why all the ministry staff had been called to the meeting, he said the chief executive wanted to speak to all of them "so can hand in their keys and access cards and be terminated immediately".

Key confirmed that all those affected would come under the latest "Benefits Summit" policies:
they would have no access to any government benefits whatsoever, and would not be eligible
for future employment in the civil service or in other government agencies.

Lou Taylor said...

Excellent anon, if only it was true.

Anonymous said...

this country would be bankrupt. The productive people will flee.


this country is already bankrupt - and the productive people have been fleeing for years.

What do you call a country where 1/4 of it's population have left, and something like 1/2 of those with real world-class qualifications have already gone?

Psycho Milt said...

What do you call a country where 1/4 of it's population have left, and something like 1/2 of those with real world-class qualifications have already gone?

Gee, I dunno - maybe we'd call it "a developed country with well-educated and skilled population, but which is also small and isolated, a long way from the world's economic and cultural centres?" If you think you have a way to prevent such a country from constantly losing its best people, you're living in a fantasy world - but then, we knew you were anyway.

ISeeRed said...

Anon: I don't quite believe the 25% figure, so could you provide a source please?

Psycho Milt: if the figure is right, or is even "only" 15% of 20%, that's still a disaster. Australia for example benefits hugely from taxes paid by Kiwis there after they had 75% of their tertiary education paid by Kiwi taxpayers here. A small country near the bottom of the OECD like NZ can't afford this kind of wealth transfer to wealthier countries.