It’s said that, once upon a time, Bill Ralston had a social conscience. He still claims to be a leftie at heart. If ever proof were needed that he’s become just another rich, detached elitist it’s this:
“Before we all collectively slit our wrists it’s worth pointing out that unless you are a director of a finance company, a car dealer or property developer the chances are you will come through this recession without too much damage. Just don’t try to sell your house now and realise the loss.”
Yeah, tell it to working class, Bill. The working class, up to 9000 of whom have lost their jobs since National came to power, while many others endure reduced hours. Oh, you forgot the working-class existed, eh, Bill?
Oh, and Bill: “The Government’s task for the next 900 days is to look competent, appear to be trying its best to help those who do get in trouble.” Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer a government that doesn’t just “look competent” but is competent and doesn’t “appear to be trying its best” but does its best. Actually, more than that, actually does well.
Need I add that your beloved “Crusher” Collins actually overstepped her ministerial warrant in attacking Barry Matthews, failed to have him resign, and that she hasn’t even presented a policy on boy racers, let alone crushed any cars?
I guess for an old liberal turned elitist, appearances are all that matters, eh? You’ll be able to keep sipping your chardonnay in luxury no matter how bad things actually get.