Clothes maketh not the millionaire

Some people who thought they were dressed as millionaires protested  outside the Prime Minister’s home yesterday against the proposal to sell a minority share of a few state owned companies .

They dressed that way to make a point and one point they made was about their ignorance.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to buy shares. A lot of people who are of far more modest means will have the good sense to invest some money when the partial floats are done.

They also showed their ideas about how millionaires dress are rooted in fantasy.

Those in the photo in the link above were dressed as any man, regardless of his financial status, might be for a formal occasion.

These clothes aren’t normal day wear for anyone, except perhaps a doorman, and you can’t necessarily judge people’s worth by what they wear.

Few if any at a seminar a couple of months ago would have owned businesses worth at less than a few million dollars. Had they been urban business people they might have been dressed for the office. But these were farmers. The only ones in suits were staff of the bank hosting the seminar, the rest of the people were tidily but  casually dressed.

If only the protesters understood that clothes maketh not a millionaire.

But the reality of ordinary people who through dint of their own ability and hard work have managed to make money from successful businesses  wouldn’t suit their narrative.

Nor would the idea that ordinary people who work for wages and salaries save and will be keen to invest in shares which ought to bring a far better return than leaving it in the bank and far safer than many finance companies.

12 Responses to Clothes maketh not the millionaire

  1. Neil says:

    I agree completely HP. New Zealanders should not be conned by the Greenie pseudointewllectuals about these sales.

    Unlike many of those society protestors, there are many kiwis who have worked and saved hard. Just witness the amount of money lost during the finance company crash, people investing their savings into companies selling second hand cars, developing hotels and property in Auckland and Queenstown instead of into projects which do real things.

    Don’t be fooled, many of those people with substantial assets walk past us on the street without wearing the latest fashions touted in the Sunday Times fashion columns. Few,if any, of these people appear in the latest photographs from the elitist social soirees in Auckland photographed in the same Sunday Times. They are out there digging the garden, playing sport or enjoying family time.

    These are hard working kiwis who once they have cleared their mortgages and got the kids away from home,”continue” saving for the future- for retirement in particular. Shouldn’t they have the opportunity to invest in something they understand and have some faith in.

    I think the word “continue” is the important word. Many families have instilled the virtue of thriftiness, keeping debt down and saving for that rainy day. How many of the asset sales malcontents have been through that training ground? These latter are part of the entitlement society.

    You would be surprised at the number of “ordinary” kiwis who have substantial financial resources. Looks are deceptive !!!


  2. Roger says:

    I note the nob front and centre is using a smart phone. Egalitarian anyone? As usual with lefties it’s all about symbols and nothing to do with reality. A casual look at Europe will show the results of 50 plus years of socialist redistribution.


  3. robertguyton says:

    What leads you to believe that the protesters were dressed as ‘millionaires’?
    You assume too much, because of your hide-bound loathe-the-liberal ideology.
    Those gents aren’t dressed as ‘millionaires’, as you wrongly profess. They’re dressed as toffs, as tories, as silver-spoon-in-the-mouth born-to-rulers.
    What makes you say, ‘millionaires’?
    Are you so obsessed with judging people in terms of money and what they earn? (answer; yes, you are.)


  4. JC says:

    “What makes you say, ‘millionaires’?”

    Probably because he read the first sentence in the article that says:

    “About 30 people, some dressed as millionaires, have marched on Prime Minister John Key’s Auckland home to protest the sale of state-owned assets.”

    “They’re dressed as toffs, as tories, as silver-spoon-in-the-mouth born-to-rulers.”

    Well, Key will be pleased at his promotion(s). He’s gone from being a state house son of a poor widow to Jew money changer to a silver spoon in the mouth toff.. all since yesterday!



  5. homepaddock says:

    Neil – exactly.
    Roger – quite, symbols without substance.
    Robert, as JC points out I was quoting from the story. The labels you use make the same mistake as the protesters did.


  6. Colin McIntyre says:

    The cartoon by Garrick Tremain in the Mataura Ensign 6/7/12 depicts John Key and Peter Dunne stealing the family silver.

    The PM is appropriately attired in traditional burglars kit, rather than dressed as a “Toff”.

    As usual, Tremain’s caption is succinct, in explaining to the observing police officer—-

    “ The thing is, we’ll give them the chance to buy them back.
    They’ll love the idea when they get used to it”


  7. homepaddock says:

    Colin – paying for shares in a partial float is very different from stealing a company.


  8. robertguyton says:

    JC – ‘the article’ says they were ‘dressed as millionaires’? On the authority of ‘the article’, you and Ele assume too much. Toffs, I say.
    Roger’s most unkind, using the tern ‘nob’. Toff is more correct and less insulting.
    Ele’s ‘quite’ is quite quaint!
    Erroneous too, is her ‘exactly’ in response to Neil.”Unlike many of those society protestors, there are many kiwis who have worked and saved hard.” – how, I wonder, does Neil know that many of those societyy protesters haven’t ‘worked hard and saved’? He can’t and is simply applying he prejudice to a photograph.
    Colin, as so often happens when he comments here, is spot on, citing Tremain’s depiction of Key as a thief. I published the Tremain cartoon on my own blog where many commenters are of the firm opinion that Key’s stripping the country of wealth, as burglers will do an unguarded house.


  9. robertguyton says:

    “Well, Key will be pleased at his promotion(s). He’s gone from being a state house son of a poor widow to Jew money changer to a silver spoon in the mouth toff.. all since yesterday!”

    Key was a ‘state house son of a poor widow’, yesterday, JC?
    You say he then became a ‘Jew money changer’ – that language is a little insensitive here, don’t you think? Ele’s a fan and won’t thank you for that sort of slighting of her John. Clearly he’s not a silver spoon in the mouth toff – but then, what makes you think those protesters were dressing as John Key? Weren’t they re-presenting themselves as wealthy potential NZ asset-share buyers?
    I believe your comment to be hopelessly confused. Perhaps a re-think, JC. And a slow-down-before-commenting.
    Works for me 🙂


  10. Richard says:

    “I believe your comment to be hopelessly confused. Perhaps a re-think, JC. And a slow-down-before-commenting.
    Works for me”
    Robert, what is it in your garden that you are eating/smoking?. Not a good look for a local body politician. Re-register with that power company for more free shocks before sale- you will feel better.


  11. Roger says:

    I stand by my original comment. He does look like a nob and is portrayed as one. If the cap fits and all that.

    Weird policy Guyton expostulates; stealing state owned assets by the government to sell it to raise money to be redistributed to New Zealanders. Guess we could call John Robin as in Hood. Guyton, you are just a hood, and probably a nob, snuffling in the local government trough. Got your back legs out yet G?


  12. robertguyton says:

    Richard – your content-free ad hom-only comment – oarsome!

    Roger –your content-free ad hom-only comment – oarsomer! – nice slight on the working man with your ‘cap’ allusion, classy.

    “He does look like a nob’ – the guy dressed as a toff? Yes! We have a point of agreement! All in all, your contribution adds-up to the equivalent of a motels ‘vacancy’ sign. Why did I bother? Wiling-away the afternoon between customers at the shop. At least I added to the economy while the non-debate at Homepaddock raged. I hope you were doing something worthwhile. Your time here was certain in vain.


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