The Dim-Post

December 2, 2013

Mr Fix-it

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:39 am

Stuff summarises the end-of-year political rankings by right-wing newsletter Trans-Tasman. Bill English is their politician of the year:

He is restoring the Crown Accounts to surplus, getting the economy “set to fly” and he does more than his fair share of the heavy lifting on policy.

Most of the heavy lifting performed by English involves lifting up huge armfuls of taxpayer cash and giving it to the private sector. Still, I guess he is only partly responsible for the debacle of the asset sales policy, and the house-price bubble building up under his watch hasn’t blown up and crippled our economy, yet, but merely forced an intervention from the central bank locking first time buyers out of the market and reducing the number of new houses being built. So great job!

But what really jumped out at me was this:

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce: If it’s too hard for anyone else, give it to Joyce and he’ll fix it. 7.5/10

That’s certainly the way Joyce is sold to us, and its obviously set in the concrete-like conventional wisdom of the press gallery. But what, exactly, has Joyce ‘fixed’ over the last two years? The Sky City convention center? His dysfunctional new super-Ministry? Chorus and the UFB roll-out? The rapidly dying screen-sector? Shouldn’t this read, ‘Give it to Joyce and it’ll become a hugely damaging endless fiasco?’

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26 Comments »

  1. “Mr Fix-it” makes more sense if spoken with a thick Nu Zillun accent

    Comment by mike — December 2, 2013 @ 8:45 am

  2. Good luck with that. Nothing sticks to Teflon Joyce.

    Comment by Tonka — December 2, 2013 @ 8:47 am

  3. He’s very successfully stopped Novopay from being front page news.

    Whether he’s fixed it or not, who knows. If only a journalist could look into it.

    Comment by Mahe — December 2, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  4. The housing bubble is created by the RBNZ as they attempt to create enough inflation to create demand and in effect lower general wage rates which boosts employment. When the State prints wage rates always lag price increases. The newly printed money has rushed to the housing sector.

    Bill English is a clown watching from the side lines.

    Usual central planned mess. It’s gonna be hilarious by time Cunnlife gets in. Living wage tacit admission that State planning has failed some of the most vulnerable.

    Economic development minister is an oxymoron.

    Comment by Simon — December 2, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  5. Someone has been breathing the noxious fumes from Bernard Hickey’s site…

    Comment by Phil — December 2, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  6. Whether he’s fixed [Novopay] or not, who knows.

    The lack (or not) of a fiasco in the upcoming Christmas period will be a good test of that.

    Comment by RJL — December 2, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  7. The fact that the Trans Tasman thinks this is a good time for Crown accounts to be in surplus shows how much drivel their politician raking is. How can you rank politicians when you don’t even know good economic actions from bad ones?

    Comment by Andrew R — December 2, 2013 @ 9:27 am

  8. Well, they can’t give every award for political achievement to Russell Norman, you know.

    Comment by Hugh — December 2, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  9. That Stuff link is satire, no?

    The Speaker is “winning respect in the House … Carter has the makings of another very good Speaker from National’s ranks.” 7/10

    Yeah, yeah, we all got opinions and reckons. But … if you then claim that others share that opinion, you need to have more. “Respect in the House”. Evidence? Nil.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — December 2, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  10. @ Andrew R #7

    At present our economy is one of the better, perhaps even the best, performing in the developed world. We’re growing at a healthy rate and our outlook is remarkably good. Perhaps you can articulate what conditions you think we should wait for before the government runs a surplus?

    Comment by Phil — December 2, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  11. …what conditions you think we should wait for before the government runs a surplus?

    When government revenue exceeds government expenditure?

    Comment by RJL — December 2, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  12. “..We’re growing at a healthy rate and our outlook is remarkably good….”
    Only if you let the silliness of GDP be the measure. that let’s you call putting a city that fall over back, albeit in a mostly less attractive and community-oriented manner, ‘growth’.

    Comment by Rob Stowell (@rob_stowell) — December 2, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  13. Joyce is being pushed heavily in the print media as reliable, masterful, and a natural successor to John Key. But his smirking is cold not playful like the PM’s. But there certainly seems to be plenty of more elite people backing him.

    Comment by Perm — December 2, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  14. The UFB one is a shocker. Joyce set up the contract which included the price drop in copper, the very one the Nats are now pretending they knew nothing about and now he’s dumped it all on Amy Adams.

    Comment by The Ruminator — December 2, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  15. @Mahe there have been recent press releases about Novapay. I guess there was a cute puppy or some reality TV final that really needed to be pushed on the same day. Or maybe no one tweeted it and therefore no journalists noticed :-)

    Comment by rsmsingers — December 2, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  16. “if you then claim that others share that opinion, you need to have more” – the Thorndon Bubble is self-validating, sadly.

    Comment by Sacha — December 2, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  17. @Phil #10: in that respect, jobless recoveries also count.

    Comment by deepred — December 2, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

  18. #14: The whole thing had “post-parliamentary boardroom chair” written all over it from the onset.

    Comment by deepred — December 2, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  19. Regarding Steven Joyce, he’s like the Kiwi Dick Cheney – if there was such a thing as a doctorate in Orwellian blackwhite, they’d both have one.

    Comment by deepred — December 2, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  20. Only if you let the silliness of GDP be the measure. that let’s you call putting a city that fall over back, albeit in a mostly less attractive and community-oriented manner, ‘growth’.

    This is a fallacy that has been peddled by the mathematically ignorant since at least the Exxon Valdez disaster.

    Does rebuilding Christchurch contribute to GDP? Nominally, yes.

    But, absent the earthquake, would we as a nation have been spending and investing our time/energy/resources in other ways that would ultimately have been more productive than clearing and rebuilding fallen buildings? Absolutely.

    The opportunity cost of the rebuild is real and enormous. Economists and statisticians that work with GDP recognise this. If you don’t – that’s your problem, not theirs.

    Comment by Phil — December 3, 2013 @ 9:49 am

  21. Phil #20: the Broken Window Parable comes to mind, as well as its direct descendant, Disaster Capitalism.

    Comment by deepred — December 3, 2013 @ 10:13 am

  22. “But, absent the earthquake, would we as a nation have been spending and investing our time/energy/resources in other ways that would ultimately have been more productive than clearing and rebuilding fallen buildings? Absolutely. ”

    arent you contradicting yourself here phil?

    yes were spending money – but its spending to recover, not advance.
    And dont we also need to factor in what effects things such as increased insurance premiums, extra strain on services (eg: health and mental health) etc etc? in short the negative impacts as well as the positive

    Or are we just looking at the amount of money sloshing about thats come from the govt and the insurance industry (under duress) and going – hey look!

    Comment by framu — December 3, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  23. I remember when Bill Birch was the one with the reputation of “National’s Mr Fix-it”. Sure, everything he involved himself in crashed and burned shortly after, but the narrative demanded a Boring but Steady Hand on the Tiller, and Birch was at least boring.

    Comment by herr doktor bimler — December 3, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  24. Today the Speaker only annoyed the Greens, NZ First and Labour, multiple times. “Respect” was not on display.

    There’s nothing new about a biased Speaker protecting the Prime Minister, even with nonsensical rulings like today, but Clark’s hometown refs weren’t getting the gold stars from Trans-Tasman.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — December 3, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  25. I agree that he’s responsible for giving huge amounts of money to the private sector but the housing bubble was there before 2008. The housing bubble can actually be traced back to Bolger and Shipley. then Clark. I think National are making good inroads into fixing it but they are doing so according to their own philosophy, which is too slow for a lot of people, who want a quick solution to what has been a long-term problem.

    Comment by Daniel Lang — December 4, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  26. #26: ” The housing bubble can actually be traced back to Bolger and Shipley. then Clark. ”

    Which itself was an over-reaction to the crash of 1987. If the NZSE of 1984-1987 was a Wild West scenario, then today’s NZX is under the grip of railroad barons.

    Comment by deepred — December 4, 2013 @ 8:12 pm


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