When you ask supporters why they voted National a common response is that the Nats are better economic managers than Labour. I’m inclined to agree with this the way I agree that Barack Obama is a better political leader than Fidel Castro. (at a stretch)
In fact I don’t think either major party has measured up as far as the economic management of NZ goes. Why? Well, its quite simple really. After the reforms of the Lange govt, which were good, we’ve gone to pot. Bolger’s sacking of Ruth Richardson was the start of it, and we’ve been sliding downward ever since.
Then along came the Global Financial Crisis. Now this is why I am so critical of National, because the GFC gave them the impetus they needed to implement the reforms this country so badly needs. Driven by his desire for popularity, Key took none of the opportunities this crisis offered.
The Nats decided the solution was immigration. Rather than cutting spending, reducing the size of govt, and other necessary but unpleasant solutions, the smiling waving Key kept things virtually as they were under Helen Clark, borrowing $300 million dollars a week to keep public services running, and decided upon mass immigration as a solution to raising GDP to keep pace with debt.
The first generation New Zealander Key sold our culture and our heritage down the drain for the sake of remaining popular.
Not to mention the chaos that is Auckland, where immigrants have settled in numbers far greater than could be accommodated, clogging roads and schools and driving house prices into the stratosphere.
This country is on a treadmill it cannot get off. If immigration was closed off entirely, by 2021 the country’s GDP would drop by 9.6 per cent. This would drive debt to GDP ratios to unprecedented highs.
So its not wise economic management that is keeping the country solvent, it is mass immigration. NZ’s traditional culture is being overwhelmed by immigrants from China, Korea, India and the Philippines to keep the bloated socialist ship afloat.
Its not about diversity and vibrancy and all that rubbish, its about keeping the GDP up and thereby maintaining acceptable ratio of GDP to debt. So don’t tell me the Nats are good economic managers. They’re cowards who had the perfect opportunity to do something, backed by Key’s popularity and the GFC, and instead decided to poison the well of our culture.
We desperately need good economic management in this country. It isn’t here now, and it won’t happen until we get better leadership of National. Or some other party. Either that or we flood the whole country with immigrants in a way that makes Auckland look like a barren desert and will make NZ as we knew it a distant memory.
(The Canterbury earthquake of course was a crippling blow, but it could still have been coped with if real solutions had been implemented. The equation driving our situation is simple- Govt overspending = more debt = need for higher GDP = mass immigration.)