web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

Creeping elitism

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, April 21st, 2012 - 19 comments
Categories: class, public services - Tags:

There was a time when you expected higher standards from the senior ranks of the public service. Now, more and more, they are just like private sector CEOs. Elitists. The standards are slipping. This slap on the wrist for the Building and Housing CEO who manhandled a staffer just shows how pervasive the elitist private sector ‘one law for us, another for them’ mentality has become.

19 comments on “Creeping elitism”

  1. Roy 1

    It is a travesty that Bach was not fired immediately.

    • Fortran 1.1

      Roy
      – agreed
      But she is one of the senior Public Service Sisterhood.
      A man in the same position would have been well gone by now.

      • Tom Gould 1.1.1

        I may be wrong, but did I hear Brenda Pilott of the PSA on the radio saying others, lesser beings than CEs, have been sacked for bullying colleagues?

      • Yes, it’s certainly some imaginary conspiracy that’s protecting her and not her privileged position as a chief executive.

        *facepalm*

  2. Jimmie 2

    I agree to a certain extent – however I wouldn’t say it is an influence with its origins exclusively from the private sector, it is a mentality that pervades many areas of affluence and control in New Zealand.

    This is unrelated to a private vs public split more like the haves vs have nots.

    One example: Look at the Horowhenua District Council case with the over flowing effluent ponds in Shannon.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/close-up/thursday-april-19-4842228

    The farmer involved is about to have his livelihood cut off as the human waste/effluent being blown on to his farm is a health hazard. The CEO of the Council waffled on that their was no need to do anything as it was a one off weather event (This on the North Is West Coast where westerly gales occur many times a year)

    The CEO didn’t want to know about the problem (never mind the same council borrowed $50 million several years ago to build themselves a lovely palace in Levin) and they want consent to discharge for another 15 years!

    If this had been some lowly farmer caught for discharging cow effluent into a drain during a rain storm the local Regional Council would be hauling them before the environment court (and fair enough) to be fined many thousands of dollars. But because this involves their colleagues at the district council – you don’t hear a peep.

    Same elitist attitude which I understand was the reason many of our ancestors left the old European Countries to escape and to make a new life abroad.

    • Craig Glen Eden 2.1

      So true Jimmie, its one law for those with money or power or both and its tough shit for anyone else.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    It is funny how New Zealanders like to tut tut about corruption in the third world without understanding that we creating exactly the same sort of societal conditions in New Zealand to be as corrupt and tinpot as any Central American dictatorship.

  4. insider 4

    I think what this is saying is that the ‘assault’ that was portrayed in the media is not as serious as it appeared and not worth a job loss. It went over the line of what is acceptable but seemed more patronising than aggressive. not sure we should sack people in those circumstances.

    And is this worse than wintringham ignoring the discrepancies in the cv of a Clark favourite or prebble’s odd behaviour over rankin, or Hugh Logan’s allowance of political interference in mundane hiring decisions? Doesn’t seem like standards have slipped one bit

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Ouch…. but you have quite rightly pointed out its the referee thats is the problem here

      • insider 4.1.1

        I will say that I know some ex staff including a direct report to Bach and their view is she is very unpleasant to work. I’ve heard similar indirectly

        • RedLogix 4.1.1.1

          I’m inclined to agree insider. The ‘incident’ as reported is too light on details and context for me to be at all comfortable saying that this has to be an ‘automatic sacking’ offense. It trivialising when some strong language and a ‘touch on the head’ gets conflated with ‘violence’.

          It seems to me that Bach might well be the wrong person for the job being more of an emotional bully than a physical one (when behaving badly each gender tends to reach for the weapon they are most proficient at using)… and this is the real issue not being addressed here.

  5. captain hook 5

    government by the creeps for the creeps.
    its getting creepier kiddies!

  6. Jimmie 6

    The judiciary are not immune from it either. When you read the court news in the paper every local unemployed & or poor crim is named in all their glory for convictions for DIC, assault, and other misdemeanors.

    However you have cases like the Dr in Palmy convicted for possessing many child pornography pictures on his computer and he has his name suppressed – as it may have an adverse affect on his work. I mean is this less serious than shop lifting or DIC?

    Or the comedian that is before the courts at the moment………..

    I have a sneaky suspicion that some judges look at dirty, poor, crims and think – he’s a crim -bamm!

    However you have some genteel well dressed middle aged person with a great employment history, who doesn’t look like a stinky crim, and they appear to get favourable treatment.

    Its wrong. Justice is supposed to be blind and should favour no one – doesn’t always happen.

  7. captain hook 7

    if they dont punish these people then it is beginning to look like these positions are being bought?
    is that the case?

  8. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    Checking the SST list of CEO’s of government departments. She is only one of two who have been in their jobs since 2004. The other being Maarten Weavers of the DPMC. No one has a 8 year contract , so it would be interesting to see what transpired at previous contract renewal time.

  9. Searching 9

    Is is correct that Ms Bach’s partner is Rod Lingard?

    If so, would this be the same Rod Lingard?

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/angry-unionists-reject-unpleasant-facts-co-112901

    If so, was he giving advice to his partner?

  10. captain hook 10

    ok… in this case we take it that she won it on merit but has been steadily slipping inot narcissistic, paranoid pwer tripping that indicates and undrlying pathology not evident at the time and now just because she can.
    she must share a folie a deux with kweewee.
    heavens to murgatroyd.
    its the crazy gang!

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Inaction on mandatory social worker registration unacceptable
    Labour believes the Government is putting the most vulnerable members of our society at risk by not acting on the advice of officials to urgently make the registration of social workers mandatory, says Labour’s spokesperson for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. … ...
    49 mins ago
  • Government’s housing failure puts pressure on Reserve Bank
    The Government’s failure to take action on the housing crisis has put pressure on the Reserve Bank Governor who has to deal with a rampaging housing market and low inflation at the same time, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.… ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour wishes Russel Norman well
    The Labour Party wishes Russel Norman well in the future as he stands down as Green Party co-leader, Labour Leader Andrew Little said today. “Russel has made a significant contribution to New Zealand politics in his nine years as co-leader… ...
    3 days ago
  • Russel Norman to stand down as Green Party Co-leader in May
    Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party's Annual General Meeting in May.Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM."After… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    3 days ago
  • Russel Norman to stand down as Green Party Co-leader in May
    Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party's Annual General Meeting in May.Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM."After… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    3 days ago
  • UE bar hike denies access to thousands
    A Government rule change denying access to thousands of young Kiwis access to tertiary education is doing nothing to build a smart, fair future, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.  “NZQA rules changed by the Government have reduced… ...
    3 days ago
  • Progressive Rainbow rights? Yeah, nah….
    Legally, New Zealand is perhaps one of the more progressive countries when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights even though we have further to go on the last two. However, the latest Westpac’s Rainbow Acceptance… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • National’s back to the future on housing sell-off
    National’s newly announced state housing policy is simply a re-run of its failed ideologically-driven 1990s experiment, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “News articles from the mid-1990s uncovered by Labour shows this is just more of the same. ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s back to the future on housing sell-off
    National’s newly announced state housing policy is simply a re-run of its failed ideologically-driven 1990s experiment, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “News articles from the mid-1990s uncovered by Labour shows this is just more of the same. ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s back to the future on housing sell-off
    National’s newly announced state housing policy is simply a re-run of its failed ideologically-driven 1990s experiment, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “News articles from the mid-1990s uncovered by Labour shows this is just more of the same. ...
    4 days ago
  • Waihopai – years on, still the same
    On 24 January, I attended the Waihopai Base protest in my electorate.  It was attended by a great range of people who are all concerned about the direction our country is heading in.  Thank you to all of those who… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    5 days ago
  • Greens call for ring-fencing of state home proceeds
    The Government must ring-fence the proceeds of any state home sales and spend every dollar raised on more Government-built homes in order to address the housing crisis, the Green Party says.Prime Minister John Key has indicated that his first major… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    6 days ago
  • English breaks his $6000 wages promise
    Just one month into the new year Bill English has already rowed back on his election promise of real wage rises for New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “During the election campaign National promised Kiwis that the average… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    2 weeks ago
  • RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home
    The Government’s proposed changes to the RMA won’t increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “Tinkering with the RMA will not solve National’s housing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • What is the real ‘price of the club’?
    What price is too high to join a club?  According to the current the New Zealand Prime Minister, the lives of young Kiwi men and women are a part of the package. In his latest BBC interview, John Key fails… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National
    News that Auckland’s housing is now among the 10 most unaffordable in the world confirms the Government’s housing policy has failed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “After six years in power, National’s housing policies have not fixed the housing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rheumatic fever rates continue to soar despite millions spent on prevention...
    The Government’s $65 million spend on rheumatic fever prevention has made little impact on the alarmingly high rate of the disease among young New Zealanders, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Latest figures from ESR show there were 235 notified… ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Quito, Ecuador
    I was honoured to speak to the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, calling for cooperation and action on climate change. You can read my speech below. Greetings from New Zealand in our first language – kia ora nga mihi nui… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    3 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere