Remember Greg Clydesdale? He caused quite a fuss in 2008 when the Dom uncritically ran a frontpage story based on his “research” that concluded Pacific Islanders are a drain on a society who are, amongst other sins, crowding ‘our’ beaches (dismantled from an academic perspective here and a class/ethnic perspective here, ripped apart in an interview on RNZ here, and embraced by Lockwood ‘small hands’ Smith here). Well, he’s back, spouting more anti-immigrant trash, and Farrar’s shilling for him.
Dr Greg Clydesdale says:
We cannot rely on Auckland to drive the New Zealand economy according to Dr Clydesdale who today releases a discussion paper ‘A middle path for the New Zealand economy’.
A key feature of recent economic debate has been the idea that Auckland will be the country’s economic driver. The argument states that there are economic advantages to having many firms located close together. However, Auckland’s industries have low rates of innovation and exports: key drivers of economic growth. The city lacks the capabilities to deliver desired growth rates.
Auckland’s location does present many economic advantages, but to expect it to drive growth is going too far. Recent policy was inspired by recent literature from economic geography, diversity and immigration. Dr Clydesdale states it is time to end the myths and alchemy that has influenced the New Zealand economy for so long. It is time to get back to basics. …
Definite food for thought. The full paper is embedded below.
So what is in the report? 28 pages of remarkably thin argument that says, in summary: Auckland under-performs economically for a city of its size. There are lots of immigrants in Auckland. Therefore, it’s the immigrants’ fault that Auckland’s economy isn’t as large as it ‘should’ be.
In one particularly nasty passage, Clydesdale tries to attribute the immigration system that he thinks is dysfunctional (because it lets in immigrants) to economist Ganesh Nana (who is New Zealand-born, btw):
There is one economist who believes we should focus on quantity not quality [of immigrants]. Ganesh Nana has had a strong influence on our immigration policy and is frequently sponsored by the Department of Labour to research the economic effects of immigration
See, it’s all a conspiracy by the ‘darkies’ to get more of ‘them’ in.
Last time when he was called out for a being a racist and a crappy academic, Clydesdale whined that everyone Left of Brash was being PC and only he had the ‘courage’ to speak out. Without a doubt, he’ll pull out that same pathetic line this time.
Why Farrar has got himself mixed up with this racist I don’t know. Come on, David, you’re a dog whistler from way back, but dog-whistling on anti-immigrant racism? That’s a new low.