John Key said some time ago there was nothing he could do to help NZers suffering financial disadvantage because of the global economic downturn.
I thought of this comment as I read the amazing list of Ministries and government services we apparently cannot do without. The list identifies the politicians who have been given charge of these departments. That is depressing enough on its own, but how many of these ministries are duplicated, and how many are unnecessary.
John Key can help those suffering, and he can do it by reducing the number of Ministries and firing all of the pen pushers therein in employed. Key needs to know that there is no unending supply of money to support these extravagances.
They are supported by taxation of the private sector, and if the private sector goes down, there’s no tax and therefore no government departments.
Here’s my (rough) list of Ministries and services Key should abandon if he truly wants to financially help NZers-
Minister of Women’s Affairs, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Minister for Social Development, Minister of Youth Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Climate Change Issues, Minister of Local Government, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Racing, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Transport, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Minister of Education, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs, Minister of State Services, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister of Trade, Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Housing, Minister of Tourism, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Minister of Conservation, Minister of Labour, Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister for Primary Industries, Minister of Commerce, Minister of Broadcasting, Associate Minister for ACC, Associate Minister of Education, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Minister for Building and Construction, Minister of Civil Defence, Associate Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Transport, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Senior Citizens, Associate Minister of Health, Minister of Courts, Associate Minister of Justice, Associate Minister of Social Development, Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Conservation, Associate Minister of Health, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Commerce, Associate Minister of Education, Minister of Maori Affairs, Associate Minister of Corrections, Associate Minister of Education, Minister for Whanau Ora, Minister for Disability Issues, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Housing, Associate Minister for Social Development, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
These are selected for a couple of reasons-
1) because they’re useless politically correct and costly farces, or
2) because they could easily be part of another Ministry. The problems caused by duplication of responsibilities must be unending.
The elimination of even half of these useless departments would save the NZ productive sector billions.
Can’t help NZers in financial difficulty John Key?
Hollow words from a hollow man at the head of a hollow party.