I see Conner English head of federated F__l’s, sorry Federated farmers (yes bills brother) may have been partaking in a little to much xmas cheer over the new year, as he has just come out with a piece called “lets take the lid off our cities“, and Conners solution to all our problems is…..wait for it, drum roll please…………….’New Zealand needs More people!
Simple as that according to Conner or should that read simple as Conner, more people will solve all our problems according to him, talk about swallowing the spider to catch the fly, but then way down here in NZ we have been swallowing spiders since we first arrived you might say, but I digress.
Back to the head of Federated farmers press release, Conner starts of by comparing us with the UK, Germany, japan, The USA, China and Australia, lots of heavy hitters there, then coughs up something about Demographics and the economy, lets call it stroking our ego.
Then tells us we have to get over our small country mentality, we are all wrong and growth is good, yes thats right boys and girls Growth, growth, growth is God. Conner then tells us we have no other chose than to grow.
Then Conner starts muttering something about us being a slow growth country with high debt, hang on Conner we didn’t owe a dine before your Bro got his hands on the cheque book.
Then he appears to start sobering up with lines like “We should stop building out and start build up.” ‘his words’. Then starts rabbiting on about “affordable housing”? for all those farm workers I guess.
Please read this piece it’s a the best bit of satire I’ve read for a while.
For a different take on the same article, see Auckland Transport Blog’s “Federated Farmers want Auckland to have better PT“. It looks at the surprising call to increase population densities in the urban areas and public transport.