Tough measures for tough times

John Armstrong thinks that ministers are in danger of looking uncaring.

He is mistaking the making of tough decisions for the absence of care.

But in politics, as in parenting, tough times require tough love.

The easy option would be for the government to carry on spending too much.

The right option requires significant belt-tightening. Unfortunately, as has been seen most recently in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that usually means job losses.

But not taking the tough decisions now would lead to a bigger mess in the future as the people in Greece and wider European Union have discovered.

If ministers are looking uncaring, perhaps it’s not what they’re doing but the way what they’re doing is portrayed in the media that is part of the problem.

It’s very easy to write woe-is-them headlines about people losing jobs, it takes more time and effort to explain the need for the losses and also follow up to find out how many find other work.

Redundancy is tough but it doesn’t mean all those involved will be out of work for long, if at all.

3 Responses to Tough measures for tough times

  1. robertguyton says:

    Ele – you are trying to equate the actions of this Government with ‘tough love’.
    That’s a little sick, don’t you think?
    The National Government does not love New Zealanders.
    John Key is not our daddy. Judith Collins is not our mummy.
    You’d be on the money though, if you were to look to the ideology behind all of the measures your daddy John Key and his Government are making to find a real descriptor for what’s happening.
    It ain’t tough love, that’s for sure.

  2. robertguyton says:

    “It’s very easy to write woe-is-them headlines about people losing jobs”

    Good grief!

  3. Andrei says:

    The thing about people who cheer “belt tightening” is that is usually not their belts that are the ones that are going to be “tightened”.

    The problem is of course the public sector has grown way way to big while obstacle after obstacle is placed in front of people who want to develop real products and services in the private sector, With the former being the hardest hit i.e products, real things that can be sold,

    For example the ETS actually designed to reduce productive enterprise.

    And while that exists we can be sure that this Government is really just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

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