Via Imperator Fish, apparently David Cunliffe has given one of his ‘thought leader’ speeches about economics. I’ve admired his previous ones, and haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but that won’t stop me making fun of it based on this excerpt from the linked post:
If you want a garden to grow, then you have to dig the soil and plant the seeds. You have to feed and nurture the plants and you have deal to the weeds when they grow up amongst the crop.
Which sails awfully close to the main character in Hal Ashby’s Being There, a film about a simpleton who works as a gardener, until his agricultural knowledge is mistaken for economic brilliance, and he becomes an adviser to the US President.