Apparently we were once an egalitarian free-market state but the last few decades has seen a massive expansion of state control that crippled the economy and created a permanent underclass.
Does Rodney Hide believe this? He might – he seems intensely stupid. Or is this a tacit acknowledgement that implementing ACT’s policies during the 80’s, 90’s and – tepidly – over the last four years has ruined our economy with devastating social costs and Hide feels the need to shift the blame? Either way, funny stuff.