Which issue matters most?

TVNZ is asking which issue matters most this election?

It is always the economy.

Only with sound economic management can we afford sustainable investment in education, health and anything else we expect the government to provide to a first world standard.

 

7 Responses to Which issue matters most?

  1. Andrei says:

    It is always the economy

    No it is not!

    It is the soul of this Nation that matters – the “economy” is just a supporting structure.

    Not that I expect that the cultural barbarians, the utterly crass individuals, who predominate our National discourse sigh to grasp this.

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  2. Dave Kennedy says:

    It appears to be Education in most surveys so far: http://www.colmarbrunton.co.nz/index.php/polls-and-surveys/political-polls/one-news-colmar-brunton-poll

    My belief is that the economy is important but it is no more or less important than society or the environment. Social and environmental concerns shouldn’t be cast aside for the sake of the economy as the economy should be working primarily for them. If the economy is operating properly society and the environment should be benefiting.

    We currently have an imbalance where people are being told that they must sacrifice their quality of life and accept that we can no longer swim in our rivers to keep the current economic trajectory on track. This is clearly short term thinking and is only mucking things up for the following generations.

    it is important to value and build our economic capital and potential at the same time as valuing and building the potential of our social and environmental capital. Having 27% of our children living in poverty is no way to build our social capital and is actually costing our country over $5 billion a year to address. Consuming and degrading our natural environment is unsustainable and restricting the capacity of our environment to support us into the future.

    The current economic model is only benefiting a small minority (we have the fastest growing inequality in the OECD http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10771388 ). The Commissioner for the Environment’s many report’s are informing us that we are consuming resources well beyond our ability to properly manage that consumption.

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  3. Dave Kennedy says:

    Well said, Andrei! your comment came up after I posted mine and you basically said the same thing but more succinctly.

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  4. Mr E says:

    Dave
    “We currently have an imbalance where people are being told that they must sacrifice their quality of life and accept that we can no longer swim in our rivers to keep the current economic trajectory on track”

    Who said we must sacrifice swimming in rivers? Please tell me.

    Please cite where the Commissioner says we are consuming resources faster than we can manage them.

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  5. Dave Kennedy says:

    Mr E, the water quality rules use a bottom line of wading and boating, not swimming. In her latest report the Environment Commissioner recommended that we need proper controls and regulations for fracking and land farming before we continue with extraction.

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  6. Quintin Hogg says:

    For what is worth, my opinion is the economy is uppermost in peoples mind. Then education and health.
    Those are the topics of conversation around the tables I frequent.

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  7. Mr E says:

    Which water quality rules are those Dave?

    So the Commissioner didn’t say we are consuming resources faster than we can manage them.

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