The Dim-Post

November 26, 2009

A leaf falls

Filed under: finance,Politics — danylmc @ 1:46 pm

Goff has his (rather confusing) speech about Nationhood(!) up on the Labour web site (I love the graphic at the top of the text). Amidst all the tedious waffle (‘I dream of young entrepreneurs, Maori and Pakeha, who develop the exports of clean technology to the world . . .’) and bitching about Hone Harawira (divide and conquer, guys) he makes a good point that Labour really should expand on:

Just as we as taxpayers had to pay for Rob Muldoon’s supplementary minimum prices to farmers that many of you here will remember – so someone has to pay for the subsidies of today.

I’ve been thinking similar thoughts: it’s ironic that after years of Labour screaming about a secret neo-liberal agenda Key’s National Party has moved towards Muldoonist style protectionism, but here we are. The big difference is that under Muldoon we subsidised companies that created lots of jobs, now we’ll subsidise companies that create lots of pollution.

Alas, much of Goff’s speech is a medicore attempt to play the race card and complain about ‘Maori privilege’ (he then pretends that’s not what he’s doing and talks about ‘reconciliation’, ‘partnership’ and ‘healing’). It’s almost as if he dimly understands what a golden political opportunity Smith’s ETS has given him to attack both National and the Maori Party but he can’t quite comprehend how to go about it – he’s like a blindfolded man trying to carve an ice-sculpture with a blow-torch.

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22 Comments »

  1. So, you’ve got the delicious irony of Shane Jones fronting Labour’s fuming about the Maori Party selling out their people to “Maori elites”. (Seriously, look at his fraking CV.)

    But we’ve not only got Goff playing up the ACT-style populist wish-o-nomics (everyone can go to heaven, but nobody has to pay the bill), but the kind of creepy race-based dog-whistling a certain Winston Raymond Peters also like to trot out to Grey Power meetings.

    I really hope this blows up in his face.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — November 26, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

  2. I got it when the title of the post was ‘no worse off’, but wot’s all this leaf business then?

    The big difference is that under Muldoon we subsidised companies that created lots of jobs, now we’ll subsidise companies that create lots of pollution..

    We subsidised the companies TO create jobs, they weren’t getting subsidies BECAUSE they created jobs, as far as I understand it.

    Comment by StephenR — November 26, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  3. wot’s all this leaf business then?

    I thought ‘no worse off’ was a bit obscure; then I looked at all the parenthesis in the post and changed the name to a line from a Williams poem, making it REALLY obscure.

    Comment by danylmc — November 26, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

  4. I wonder if they had programmes for the speech with that graphic on the front. Everyone would have thought they were getting christmas cards.

    Comment by lyndon — November 26, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  5. Craig’s comment:

    “the kind of creepy race-based dog-whistling a certain Winston Raymond Peters also like to trot out to Grey Power meetings.”

    Also known as:

    “the kind of creepy race-based dog-whistling a certain Don Brash trotted out to Rotary Club meetings.”

    Can’t think why Craig steered clear of that comparison. I guess the shame still lingers.

    Comment by sammy — November 26, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  6. @ Craig: Scoop says the speech was to Grey Power Palmerston North.
    Instead of being titled “Nationhood”, it has the more sinister “Embargoed until delivery”.

    Comment by Adhominem — November 26, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  7. There’s an excellent theme about bankrupting the next generation (huge carbon bills, huge super bills, keeping the economy stuck in it’s old ways…) to help out their farmer and baby boomer mates that could be run, but you’re right, they’re completely missing it. And I spose the boomers are still the voting mass…

    Comment by garethw — November 26, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

  8. Sammy,

    Brash didn’t whistle.

    Comment by Phil — November 26, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

  9. “he’s like a blindfolded man trying to carve an ice-sculpture with a blow-torch”

    Excellent. Almost as good as Noel Gallagher on his even dimmer brother Liam: “He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”.

    Comment by Stephen Stratford — November 26, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

  10. Isn’t politics great? Everybody change their dance partners, and off we go. The Herald reports:

    “I think he’s decided there are several parades in town and he’s going to wave a flag at each of them and see whether anyone notices.”

    That’s a very good (and funny) comment on Goff’s speech. Who said it?

    Gerry Brownlee? Don Brash’s deputy leader and Maori-bashing hit-man? ‘Fraid so.

    Comment by sammy — November 26, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

  11. I would have thought Goof would have been happy to promote a bit more Muldoonism, after all, it was Phil last week promoting management of the exchange rate, inflation, interest rates and so on.

    JC

    Comment by JC — November 26, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  12. sorry to be the pedant again, but don’t you mean cummings not williams?

    Comment by matthew — November 26, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  13. JC, can I just check whether you intended to write Goof? ‘Cos I’m forever doing it automatically.

    Comment by lyndon — November 26, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

  14. “He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”.
    Lovely, I’ll do an Ihimaera on that one

    Comment by Captain Crab — November 26, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

  15. sammy:

    Was there a point in there somewhere? Nice attempt to change the subject, but the delicious irony of Goff pulling a Winston — right down to the preferred audience — as soon as it stopped working for the Original Gangster. I think we’ve all got reason to be ashamed today.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — November 26, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

  16. I think we’ve all got reason to be ashamed today.

    Yep, all sides in this little drama are making me throw up a little in my mouth!

    Comment by andy (the other one) — November 26, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  17. Somehow I don’t think the dim-post is Goff’s intended audience.

    Comment by Sanctuary — November 26, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  18. ‘I dream of young entrepreneurs, Maori and Pakeha, who develop the exports of clean technology to the world . . .’

    Aw, thats beautiful, like a rainbow, ickle puppy dog and fluffy dressing gown fresh out of the drier all rolled together (the puppy shouldn’t go in the drier, just the dressing gown and rainbow).

    What a inane crock of shit, no wonder Phil’n’Co are getting their arses handed to them on a plate in the polls, still, again. Speaking of laughs, when is the next poll due?

    Comment by piglet — November 26, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

  19. Ummm…am I missing something? I can’t find a single dog whistle sentence in his speech. He has attacked the Maori Party deal with National – but take the word ‘Maori’ out of the that deal and no one would have defended it. And he links it to the dirty deal on foreshore and seabed, which is not unreasonable.

    I can’t see anything about Maori privilege, so I challenge you to defend that accusation. In fact he seems to be hinting that he supports some special treatment for Maori if it helps them get ahead.

    Where is the racist bit of this speech? And what’s so objectionable about saying that the billions spent on polluters would be better spent on young entrepeneurs producing cleaner technology? I would have thought that was a quintessential Labour statement.

    What was in this speech that David Lange or Norman Kirk wouldn’t have said?

    Comment by cowpat — November 26, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

  20. The speech is stomach churning in its saccharin 1950’s PC references to Pakeha and Maori, in case you haven’t looked lately the ethinic makeup of NZ is rapidly changing and has been for some time (enough time for even Goff and Labour to have noticed) #1, #2.

    David Lange and Norman Kirk belong to a time long past, now is the time for looking forward instead of the neo-socialists interminable fetish with recreating an imagined socialist golden era that includes somehow changing the past by paying Maori a never ending social dividend.

    # 1

    http://www.stats.govt.nz/~/media/Statistics/Browse%20for%20stats/NationalEthnicPopulationProjections/MR06-26/NationalEthnicPopulationProjections06-26MR.ashx

    #2

    http://wdmzpub01.stats.govt.nz/wds/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportName=Population%20Estimates/Estimated%20National%20Ethnic%20Population%20by%20Age%20and%20Sex%20at%2030%20June%201996,%202001%20and%202006

    Comment by expat — November 27, 2009 @ 1:28 am

  21. Cowpat:

    Yes, you’re missing everything.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — November 27, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  22. I bow to Craig’s more efficient use of language.

    Comment by expat — November 27, 2009 @ 7:39 am


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