Archive for August 3rd, 2008

The only tracks are for fast-track consents

August 3, 2008

Spend more, tax less and all without borrowing more. Yeah right.

Welcome to the weird world of Keyonomics. But first, today’s news…

National promises to spend $5 billion more on infrastructure than Labour over the next six years: an extra $500 million a year on key infrastructure such as roads as well as theĀ $1.5 billion broadband plan. We’ll get a 20-year “National Infrastructure Plan” and a Minister of Infrastructure too. (More bureaucrats? Surely not.)



The Sunday paps

August 3, 2008

More to come on Peters Bill Ralston lets slip that the campaign to eliminate Winston Peters has more ammunition:

“The bad news for Peters is that the allegations against him will not go away, in fact there will be more over the coming months.”

Ralston implies that only, “deranged paranoid conspiracy theorists” would be “willing to believe that a pliant media and big business is out to destroy” Peters. Well, as someone who never doubted that Lee Harvey Oswald acted single-handedly, I have to say that it is increasingly looking like a concerted effort to get Peters out of the way. I see that I’m not the only one coming to that conclusion.

Now, let’s see, who would have the most to gain from not having to deal with Peters at the end of the year?

Moving right along Finlay Macdonald sums up the typical bar room political trainspotters’ reaction to recent events: “media mud fight, Winston up to his old tricks, bloody politicians… what about Robbie Deans then?”

Cogently, he argues that;

“Parliamentary reporting has so blurred the line between editorial hypothesis and mundane truth that it creates its own version of the so-called “observer effect”: in the act of commentating upon an event, the event itself is changed.”

Macdonald also reiterates the point made here that, as they hound Peters in the corridors of power, the media are reinforcing exactly the image that Peters wants to project.

Doin’ it for themselves Matt McCarten warns that the working poor will not be so passive for a new National government, should the Nats win. He detects a growing determination amongst the low paid to combine and push for better pay and conditions, citing a number of instances in the past week alone.

In each case the workers were taking action without any outside help — giving the lie to the hoary old employer propaganda about “union interference” I might add in passing. McCarten concludes:

“I see more of this every day and feel – probably for the first time since the 1980s – workers are not prepared to roll over at their employer’s whim as they did in the past.”

National has released its industrial relations policy that indicates it wishes to roll back workers’ rights. My advice to John Key is that he should tread carefully. It may unleash something it may regret.”