Saturday, November 28, 2009

Goff on Capitalism

Wow!

If any further evidence is needed that Phil Goff is shoring up his right-wing credentials in an attempt to close the gap with National, then here it is.
Socialist John Moore asked a question about Labours’ relationship with the market and Goff responded, “show me a command economy that ever worked”, “the market is the best mechanism to distribute goods” and “Labour saved capitalism”. It seems Goff never really shook the ideology of the fourth Labour Government of the late 1980s that turned New Zealand into one of the rich world’s most unequal societies.
Of course, Goff is from the Right of the Labour Party. He was right there with Clark, Prebble, Douglas and de Cleene during the great reforms of the 80's.

There is only one question that really arises from this speech of Goff's: if he knows this, why does he let his Party preach command economics methodology?

It'll be interesting to hear his reaction when Don Brash and the productivity workforce report to Cabinet this week. Dollars to donuts it'll be the absolutely correct prescription for what NZ needs to stop sliding down the OECD ladder.

But will "whack it on the bill Phil" concur? And I suppose most importantly, will "whack it on the bill Bill" go along with the recommendations?

9 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

...why does he let his Party preach command economics methodology?

The only Party in NZ that doesn't preach a bit of command economics methodology is the Libertarianz, and their mission to make Karl Marx relevant again is supported by a few thousand people at most. Goff's Party just preaches a bit more of it than the other mainstream ones.

Re Brash's invitation to talk shit about productivity: interesting to note that most of the countries doing better than us in the OECD (including Key's comparison state, Australia) have a lot more "command economics methodology" in their economies than we do right now. Likelihood that Brash will do any pondering of why that is? I'm picking 0.

Gooner said...

Sorry Milt, didn't realise Goff, Friedman, Brash, Douglas et al were/are all wrong.

Silly me not realising Brash (who has a PhD) is a fool, and Douglas, who received a knighthood for his work and is in demand all around the globe is similarly utterly and totally wrong and Rod Oram is the only one with any brains.

Doug said...

Goff just changes with the wind could be called a flip-flop windbag.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-news/opinion/3106380/Goff-taking-Labour-in-a-cheap-and-nasty-direction

Danyl said...

If any further evidence is needed that Phil Goff is shoring up his right-wing credentials in an attempt to close the gap with National

You've failed to understand what's happening here; Goff isn't moving to the right, he's moving towards whatevers popular. So 'right' on social issues, left on economic issues (thus his announcement that he's breaking the consensus on monetary policy).

Anonymous said...

When Goff says capitalism he really means socialism. Brash will advocate removing everyhing phil holds dear - wff taxes state education and health and benefits - but unless nz does that were basically fucked.

Hone was right: shoot goff and all other leftists - whether or not they say they believe in capitalism!

And Brashes report will say the same.

Gooner said...

Danyl, I didn't realise that Goff saying the market is the best distributor of goods and services was actually a left wing ideal. Silly me.

Lou Taylor said...

Who really gives a shit what Goff thinks anyway?

Actually in Goff's case "thinking" may be too strong a word.

Psycho Milt said...

Silly me not realising Brash (who has a PhD) is a fool...

I don't for a moment imagine Brash is a fool, I just expect on the basis of previous experience that, like Douglas, he'll seize whatever opportunity is currently in front of him to promote his ideology.

Maybe Brash will prove me wrong and actually do the job that's been assigned to him, but my expectation is that the "productivity taskforce" will have little to say about productivity and a lot to say about the tax system.

The Veteran said...

Goff is now firmly exposed as a headline looking for an issue.

His utterances have a 'never mind the quality, feel the width' feel about them.

Mind you at now 5% in the polls it's desperate times.

BBQ at Shane Jones?