Christchurch business owners, unable to even get to their premises in the red-zone, have asked for some help to stop going under. Gerry Brownlee’s arrogant response: “If they are such clever, gifted, and forward-looking entrepreneurs it’s pretty sad that their first port of call has to be to Government looking for a bailout”. What an arsehole.
While Brownlee is launching personal attacks on the very people who are wanting to get the city moving again, celebs like Key and Rachel Hunter get guided tours of the Christchurch red-zone.
When you think of the billions National has dished out in the Mediaworks, AMI, and South Canterbury Finance bailouts, that were entirely the fault of bad management, and the huge tax cuts for the rich, it’s pretty sickening that the cupboard is not only bare for people struggling to cope with a natural disaster but Brownlee kicks dirt in their faces for daring to ask for help.
The more I read that quote from Brownlee, the more it pisses me off. It’s not just that he is refusing to acknowledge the economic disaster unfolding. It’s that he snaps at anyone who asks him to do anything, not matter how valid their criticism or great their need. Brownlee will do what Brownlee wants, which appears to be fuck all most of the time, and he simply refuses to listen to anyone. “Demand me nothing: what you know, you know”, as a famous villain said.
Under Brownlee’s haughty and incompetent rule, Christchurch’s economy is ebbing away. Businesses collapse every day. People leave. Brownlee refuses to admit there’s a problem. He jeers that EFTPOS transactions are down ‘only’ 5%, but that ignores the far larger fall in business spending and investment, and the slowly spreading cancer of job losses undermining household spending and sending more people out of work.
With the life-blood draining, who wants to rebuild there? Only the people Brownlee has so high-handedly attacked, and fewer of them by the day.
If there is a silver lining to the dark clouds looming over the city, it’s this: at the rate that Brownlee is cocking up, no-one will be voting National in Christchurch come November.