Polls show public accept reality?

The government is open to a rise in tobacco tax; there may be fewer government departments at the end of this parliamentary term;  the requirement for a 9% return on equity from Crown Research Institutes will be relaxed; Cabinet is considering more oil exploration; Bill English is disappointed with DOC and RadioNZ playing politics; long term economic restructuring is more important than short term jobs; and falling business confidence is a dose of reality.

A media release from TVNZ highlighted these points from the Guyon Espiner’s interview with Finance Minister Bill English on Q&A yesterday.

The most important of these is that government focus on long term economic restructuring rather than short term jobs.

It takes courage from a government to do what’s right in the long term when they’ll be judged at the ballot box in the short term.

The last administration bought lots of votes and we’re paying for it now. This one is facing criticism from the left for being too tough and the right for not being tough enough.

In spite of that and the need for strong medicine the polls are holding up for National. Perhaps that shows that the public realise this and have also accepted the  dose of realism which businesses are facing up to.

2 Responses to Polls show public accept reality?

  1. gravedodger says:

    Most of those who I regard as creators of wealth in this country have watched with growing dismay as a plethora of consumption based creations have been developed as sops to noisy pressure groups and we are now gaining considerable support from other pragmatic groups in society.
    The bureaucracy has exploded with the indulgent socialists reelection strategy of pandering, whereby they create the sociologically based responses to “boils in society thus providing a marketable “bandaid” and at the same time swelling the ranks of the public service (I use that term advisedly) who add to their natural support base.
    However laudable the reforms of Douglas and Richardson were, they turned into a P R disaster as the critics and a dumb media emphasised the negative and ignored the blindingly obvious, the necessity. As one who could have easily been sunk by the policies of the 80’s and 90’s it was sad to see so many hard workers challenged, some to a point of destruction of their personal lives, as absurd populist and over controlled sectors of the economy were forced to deal with economic reality. However those of us who saw the opportunities so created were glad for what they did to u turn the economic base of the country.
    It is good that the current government with a more consensual and softly softly approach are taking the citizens with them and leaving the shrills wallowing in the detritus of the ruins of another socialist “Utopia”.
    As one who has seen a lot to recommend a benevolent dictator form of government, maturity has allowed me to see the weakness in the longer term prospects of that system as it moves from solution government to perpetration government.

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  2. Anonymouse says:

    It is good that the current government with a more consensual and softly softly approach are taking the citizens with them and leaving the shrills wallowing in the detritus of the ruins of another socialist “Utopia”.

    It is not good at all!
    The sooner NZ is finally woken up to the true economy reality,
    the sooner the benefits and welfare and socialist-health and “education” is finished for ever – only then will NZ start being able to dig itself out of the mess cause by years of Labour govt and years of National following Labour’s policies!


    As one who has seen a lot to recommend a benevolent dictator form of government, maturity has allowed me to see the weakness in the longer term prospects of that system as it moves from solution government to perpetration government.

    We don’t have the luxury of worrying about that! One NZ is a productive economy once again, with no freeloads, bennies, bludgers and all the rest, then worrying about “elections” is a luxury that perhaps we can afford.

    For now: Key has 70% of the vote. Time to man up. Time to appoint Brash or his productivity commission in total charge of the economy, time to close down the governmental parasites on hardworking Kiwis – especially those 10% who pay 99% of all the tax!

    Time for bludgers to learn to work or starve.

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