The Dim-Post

March 13, 2012

Deep thought

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 10:00 am

National’s public sector restructuring is starting to look like one of those Grand Designs episodes where people try to remodel their heritage home into an energy efficient, open-plan enviro-house and end up bankrupt, huddling in tents at the bottom of a hole filled with mud and debris.

16 Comments »

  1. I am glad you are firmly on the side of the rent-seekers. Heaven-forbid our diplomats in Argentina have to be replaced with the hundreds who desperately want a job at MFAT, even if it doesn’t come with gold-plated conditions.

    Comment by R — March 13, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  2. “Heaven-forbid our diplomats in Argentina have to be replaced with the hundreds who desperately want a job at MFAT, even if it doesn’t come with gold-plated conditions.”

    Yes … because replacing the bulk of an organisation’s middle-to-upper level human capital with new graduates who view their position as a short-term CV filler on the way to bigger, better and more lucrative opportunities cannot POSSIBLY go wrong.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — March 13, 2012 @ 10:17 am

  3. Nice work by National to pass the buck onto John Allen there. John Key’s government order the ministry to aggressively cut costs and then when the backlash hits they get to say the CEO is too aggressive and passively back away from any responsibility

    Comment by nommopilot — March 13, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  4. (@#1) good call, R.

    because it sure is easy being a diplomat, right? You just move your whole family over to Luxembourg, live in a small palace and park wherever you like, while being paid incredibl0e amounts of money. Just like in those Bond movies.

    Comment by nommopilot — March 13, 2012 @ 10:26 am

  5. I’m picking up images of Porterhouse Blue, with John Key as Godber Evans and (redacted MFATer) as Skullion.

    Comment by Will de Cleene — March 13, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  6. I don’t see how trying to reverse Winton’s profligacy whilst in charge of the department can be described as living in mud filled tents.

    I am yet to hear of one potential adverse effect to me as an NZ taxpayer from these cuts. I just hope that there is enough money left for our Ambassadors to still spoil their guests with Ferrero Rocher otherwise as a country we would just look like fools. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P-nZZkQqTc

    Comment by King Kong — March 13, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  7. Wouldn’t the diplomats’ grumbling be much reduced if National (and Labour) simply announced that in future they will only appoint qualified and experienced MFAT staff as ambassadors (high commisssioners), rather than third-rate former MPs?

    I’d be pretty pissed off myself if the top jobs in my field belonged to those who couldn’t pass the entrance exam.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — March 13, 2012 @ 11:09 am

  8. I normally follow your analogies but that one’s a bit lost on me I’m afraid.
    IMO National feels more like an Eastman Kodak-esque congolomerate from the 80s who can’t quite figure out why cutting more and more cost and headcount from the same model that served you OK 30yrs ago isn’t turning the company around…

    Comment by garethw — March 13, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  9. ‘third-rate former MPs’, Sammy?
    that’s a bit harsh – surely Jim Bolger qualifies as second-rate.

    Comment by kahikatea — March 13, 2012 @ 11:26 am

  10. + 1 to garethw @ 11:10 am

    Great analogy!

    Comment by Richard29 — March 13, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

  11. John Key as Kevin McLeod? I think most women-of-a-certain-age would have a problem with that.

    Comment by Phil — March 13, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  12. I normally follow your analogies but that one’s a bit lost on me I’m afraid.
    National feels more like an Eastman Kodak-esque congolomerate from the 80s

    I like yours better.

    In Grand Designs we, the gentle veiwer, revisists the home after an advertisement break (actually recorded some 12-18 months after the last shoot) to find splendor, magnificence, and a delighted inhabitant whom has almost forgotten about their renovating nightmare of the previous winter… It’s much more like the 80’s/90’s reforms.

    Comment by Phil — March 13, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

  13. You’re looking ahead too far, Danyl. They’re only in the process of firing all the people who worked on it, and not paying them what is owed. There’s quite a ways to go to the hole in the ground – still have to sell off the existing building to the only bidder for $50g, who moves it directly to the new site and charges $700g for it.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — March 13, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  14. Have you not got it? National is determined to drive us into third world status.

    The top 25% get wealthier while everyone else starves.

    No wonder Key has his residence off shore.

    Who would want to live in a country he and party rule?

    Comment by peterlepaysan — March 13, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  15. #8 “feels more like an Eastman Kodak-esque congolomerate from the 80s who can’t quite figure out why cutting more and more cost and headcount from the same model that served you OK 30yrs ago isn’t turning the company around…”

    Yip, it certainly does. Great analogy.

    #11 “John Key as Kevin McLeod? I think most women-of-a-certain-age would have a problem with that.”

    And, yes, we do. Gives me the shivers and not in a good way. I heard JK on te radio today – if he gabbles any faster, no-one will understand a single word he says.

    Comment by Kerry — March 13, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  16. I wouldn’t want any less than 35,000 civil servants, although with National they’ll probably reduce it to 33,000, perhaps 30,000. But the resulting effect is that the poor get poorer and the rich get richer because any savings will result in National bringing in policies which make the rich even richer, if they get a third term.

    Comment by Daniel Lang — March 14, 2012 @ 2:30 pm


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