Better at eating than growing

Colin Espiner sums up the root of New Zealand’s problems:

It’s been said that the New Zealand economy is likely to be the “rock star” of 2014 but we all know what happens to rock stars who spend all their money on having a good time. I’ve said it before – the only way we’re going to become a top-tier First World country is by growing the pie.

Sadly, we’ve always been much better at eating them.

Any party which promises to spend more and tax more without growing more and which is more focussed on eating the pie than growing it will give us more than economic indigestion.

New Zealand’s growth is good by international comparisons but its fragile and its young.

We need sustained growth and responsible policies which promote that or we’ll be right back where we were at the end of Labour’s last term in government – in a recession of our own making.

 

6 Responses to Better at eating than growing

  1. Andrei says:

    All that you say about the economy is true Ele, but the economy isn’t the be all and end all of everything.

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    When the best we can come up with is Plastic wakas, parties in inflatable rugby balls and gay pride parades our culture is in trouble and there is no reason for the best and brightest to remain, so they wont.

    New Zealand Prime Time Sunday night Television fare, presumably available in glorious high definition

  2. robertguyton says:

    I agree with Andrei – our culture is in trouble. Oddly, John Key represents the things Andrei finds repulsive (John’s Big Gay Out (The Mincing) etc, and those things that I believe to be negative for our culture (Greed, Avarice etc.)

  3. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – Of course the economy isn’t everything but a growing one provides the means to pay for other important things – health, education ,welfare, infrastructure, conservation . . .

    Robert – policies designed to grow the economy and help people help themselves, while maintaining support for those who can’t, and taking the sharp edges off the recession have nothing to do with greed or avarice. They are based on sound economics and compassion.

  4. adamsmith1922 says:

    Unfortunately Ele as far as this post is concerned both Andrei and Robert have world views substantially at odds with yours and mine.

  5. Andrei says:

    I’m not so sure that we are that far apart Adam.

    The reality is that the people living New Zealand circa 2014 are more prosperous, secure, free than any that have come before and than the large majority of those living elsewhere today.

    David Cunniliffe going on about the hardship of only having one pair of shoes – what a hoot

    Or that utterly ridiculous green MP going on about New Zealand’s “shameful human rights record” – well that is beyond satire.

    Where do they get these people?

    Suddenly you realise that these insubstantial people are actually the product of New Zealand, its free education, cradle to grave cotton wool and free school milk 🙂

    And you should also realize the fact that anybody takes them seriously, let alone in sufficient numbers to give them a seat in parliament means that this nation is in the deep deep do dos and when faced with a significant crisis will fall over

  6. robertguyton says:

    “Suddenly you realise that these insubstantial people are actually the product of New Zealand, its free education, cradle to grave cotton wool and free school milk”

    Paula, Anne, John, Gerry, Bill, Hekia…the list goes on…

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