The last Labour government actually helped to deprive New Zealanders of jobs by encouraging businesses to relocate overseas. Fisher & Paykel (from whom I bought a recent washing machine and clothes drier not nearly as good as those that previously lasted me for 30 years – so much for progress) was one of the many firms that obliged. When they spectacularly got into trouble, reportedly partly as a result of the considerable expense of relocation costs, apparently we were all called upon to pay -to bail them out – thanks to Prime Minister John Key’s somewhat selective largesse. The means? As always, through taxpayers. Governments never have any money of their own – they spend what they can commandeer.
Why aren’t we the ones making the decisions about what we spend our money on. Shouldn’t a country of voting adults be able to make adult decisions?
We have real problems with our politicians. The job losses continue, in no small part because of government policies, ever-increasing compliance costs and constraints. Well-meaning but at times incomprehensible Telecom and other out-sourced employees overseas now take the place of those hundreds of New Zealanders deprived of their jobs. Foreign competition continues to white-ant or simply destroy New Zealand businesses in one of the worst excesses of globalization, jobs lost to countries with cheaper labour undercutting the New Zealand workforce. Like all ideologies with aspects to recommend it, globalization can be carried to excess with as many minuses as pluses. When, in the eyes of economists, money becomes the only yardstick of measurement, the people of the country take a back seat to company profits and shareholder dividends.
In a contrasting policy, in spite of his popularity deservingly reaching an all-time low, Barack Obama has gained considerable support from Americans concerned about American companies relocating overseas. In recent years one of the biggest factors to negatively affect the U.S. economy was the loss of jobs due to companies moving off-shore to source cheap labour. Helen Clark’s Labour government actively supported this, indifferent to the job losses of our own people. John Key’s government has remained equally indifferent, with the ideology of globalization still ruling the day, like most ideologies, slavishly endorsed. It begins to undermine the very foundations of the country when motivated, hard-working individuals, now threatened with instability, ongoing job losses, bankruptcy and loss of hope – give up – or simply leave.
In these areas, what policies does the most successful democracy in the world follow? The answer is competition between the cantons (the states) to offer tax cuts and incentives – competition for companies and private individuals to remain in, or to relocate to Switzerland.
Isn’t it time we in reined in the politicians and allowed New Zealanders themselves an effective say in the country’s directions?
We have already lost so many, including those who cannot stomach the damage successive governments have done to a country once regarded as so fortunate that it was called God’s Own Country. Who ever would call it that now? And what political stupidity has so dominated our directions that we are, after Iceland, the second most indebted country in the world. To what dead end have our politicians led us?
Have we yet to take on board why Switzerland is the most successful democracy in the world? Or that we have become singularly unsuccessful in areas that count?
We can’t, in practical terms, reproduce the far superior Swiss political system.
We don’t need to.
We can claim for ourselves the provision this highly intelligent people chose to ensure that they themselves would be the ones to decide on their country’s decisions and directions. It’s simple. It’s workable. We need to keep it in focus and work towards it.
It’s called the 100 days. New Zealanders as a whole could not possibly make as big a hash of the management of the country as our politicians have contrived. The Swiss people are the ones who so very successfully make the decisions themselves.
Isn’t it time for us, too, to work towards doing something about this?
Come join the movement – It’s called 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand
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“The simplification of anything always sensational.” G.K. Chesterton.