Friday, September 17, 2010

Mother Mary you are an atheist.

What has the world come to when the self described libertarian leaning David Farrar is posting apologia in favour of the complete suspension of democracy and Chris Trotter is arguing against the increased power of the state.

I have to say that my own sympathy is with Chris Trotter. Like NOT PC I am conflicted. On the one hand a whole raft of regulation has been eliminated at a stroke in the name of faster recovery and economic growth. If we believe that why not apply it to all of New Zealand so we can catch up with Australia faster. On the other hand the rule of law has been suspended and some of the regulations were what ensured the damage was limited.


JC said...

One part of the answer lies in the treatment of the Hawkes Bay Earthquake rebuilding programme.

The Govt appointed two commissioners to oversee the work, a magistrate and an engineer. Within two years they were able to sign off the rebuild as "complete".. and there's no doubt the work was well planned and completed to a safe and very high standard.

We should *not* assume that the rebuilders then were better artisans than today, that they had better ethics as tradesmen than today, or that the commissioners were superior to those given extra powers today.

Financial and other commentators are talking about the "new normal" since the recession started.. that everything has changed.. and thats right. The new normal might not only see more saving, less ostentation, more "Tea Party" type activity, and more interest in getting things done.. and at the cost of some right.


gravedodger said...

That the current government deems bureaucratic regulation and delays so caused to be impediments to the reconstruction within the "quake zone", why then is it not an impediment to our progress as a nation.
Just asking.
I think Napier and to some extent Hastings had an advantage in that the destruction was more extensive. I recall after a total loss house fire in 1990 when the following morning the assessor tried to console two quite distraught figures trying to come to terms with the smoking ruin by saying there are some positives. The totality of the loss meant we would not be negotiating the restoration of the replacement insured house and reconstruction would start as soon as the contents were assessed and settled.
We are already hearing arguments about what to save and such delay and debate will have an escalating effect on the ultimate costs.

Oswald Bastable said...

Farrar is as much a Zulu tribesman as a libertarian!