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January 19, 2013

What an original idea

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 1:52 pm

From (naturally) The Herald:

Sir Owen Glenn has challenged New Zealanders “with the means, energy, ideas and determination” to set up a non-partisan council to lead the country’s economic revival.

Part of the “NZ Inc” idea is also to have a long-term mandate and planning parameters that don’t grind to a halt and change direction every three years. He argues New Zealand needs a sense of stability for planning and direction with a commitment from the country’s leaders to work as one.

Sir Owen has generously offered to chair it. Great – he can represent the New Zealand business community, and the rest of the council can consist of union leaders, academics, iwi leaders, environmentalists, senior civil servants and community workers. Everyone’s totally okay with an unelected, unaccountable group like that being put in charge of the economy, right?

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13 Comments »

  1. I bet he could get the trains to run on time.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 19, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Timely. Our 1970s “Commission for the Future” is lyrically recalled: http://transportblog.co.nz/2013/01/18/is-new-zealand-the-greatest-nation-on-earth/#comment-57001

    Comment by Sacha — January 19, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

  3. It’s not unusual for the wealthy self-made to sound Stalinist when talking about Plans for the Economy. But they never quite see the irony.

    Comment by NeilM — January 19, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

  4. The most daft bit of that idea is that the the economic direction has been pretty stable since 1984.

    Comment by Richard — January 19, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

  5. The idea of an apolitical circle of technocrats never stops appealing to people who think that the main problem with politics is that politicians are too partisans and insufficiently informed.

    The chief problem with the idea as an idea* is that the moment the apolitical council makes a single decision, it stops being apolitical.

    *As opposed to any specific proposition that the idea be implemented, which tends to add the problem of self-aggrandisement.

    Comment by Hugh — January 19, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  6. If he really wants to impart his rarefied wisdom to the nation, there are loads of opportunities.

    Comment by ropata — January 19, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

  7. Also on not seeing the irony, I particularly liked this quote about why we need a new council:

    “We continue to reinvent the wheel and think that the creation of new commissions, ministries and the like to tackle the big problems means things are getting done”

    Comment by jps — January 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

  8. If I was king for a day I’d exchange Glenn, Kim Dotcom and David Bain for some Afghan refugees. I’m a bit tired of hearing from them and we could do better.

    Comment by NeilM — January 19, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

  9. I quite like Owen Glenn throwing buckets of money at rugby league and hockey, but perhaps he can just leave it at that.

    Comment by alex — January 20, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  10. One glorious Commissariat of Capitalism. Lovely. As NeilM notes, this is surprisingly common talk from capitalist self-made-men.

    And as Richard notes, we have had a stable bipartisan free market capitalist economy since 1984 (Act, Nats, United, Labour, Maori, even the Greens are drifting into that; Winston is Keynesian, Mana are socialist/nationalist). Did Owen Glenn want some socialism or anarchism to replace it? Didn’t think so.

    Comment by bob — January 20, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

  11. “throwing buckets of money at rugby league and hockey”.

    Maybe he could merge the new codes into some sort of ultraviolent rollerball-style game. Have rules like no substitution, so it’s a winning tactic to leave the other team to crippled to continue. NZ has lots of big thuggy people – this would give them the opportunities they lack at the moment.

    Comment by richdrich — January 20, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  12. Everyone’s totally okay with an unelected, unaccountable group like that being put in charge of the economy, right?

    Given that New Zealand’s Parliament cheerfully voted to make Gerry Brownlee God Emperor of Christchurch, please don’t even fucking joke about it, you’ll be giving them ideas.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 20, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

  13. Psycho wrote: “Given that New Zealand’s Parliament cheerfully voted to make Gerry Brownlee God Emperor of Christchurch, please don’t even fucking joke about it, you’ll be giving them ideas.”

    Yeah, but that was just Canterbury. Likewise, it was only the Canterbury regional council elections that they cancelled because they figured they knew better than any Canterbury voters who should be on the regional council. As long as it’s only Cantabs, most New Zealanders are okay with it.

    what’s the bet that when 2014 rolls around, they will have found a way to exclude Cantabrians from electing MPs?

    Comment by kahikatea — January 21, 2013 @ 11:36 am


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