Machiavelli meets Blackadder

April 8, 2009

Rob Hosking saw what I didn’t:

Michael Cullen’s appointment to the board of New Zealand Post has one major political impact – it completely undercuts the basis of Labour’s whole political attack for the past 18 months.

That attack has been based on one word: privatisation.

. . . In short, Labour’s political strategy still appears based on its over-thumbed copies of The Hollow Men.

Dr Cullen’s acceptance of the job at Kiwibank completely undercuts all that.

If this really is a cunning plot to undercut Labour, it’s one of which Machiavelli and Blackadder would be proud, and I hope it works.

But I also hope that it doesn’t put an end to the eventual privitisation – maybe partial, maybe full – of at least some SOEs.

National pledged it wouldn’t sell any state assets in this parliamentary term because Labour successfully turned privatisation in to a dirty word.

It needn’t be and the economy would be stronger if, in the future, we owned less as taxpayers and more as individuals.


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