I still get the chills some times remembering how close the Left came to losing the 2005 election. If it hadn’t been for Brash being caught out in his lies over links with the Exclusive Brethren’s smear campaign, National might just have squeaked the win.
The Hollow Men would have been in charge. Wholesale privatisation, slashing benefits, no minimum wage, regressive tax system, strategic deficit, policy for sale to business interests, Iwi and Kiwi at each other’s throats. What a nightmare.
These neoliberal ideological follies would, as they have in the past, have taken New Zealand quickly backwards. We would have entered the 2008 world recession already well in decline, and the impact of these current events would have been that much more catastrophic..
Thank goodness we dodged that bullet. Instead we got three more years of sane government, and entered this recession with historically low unemployment and a sound economy. Things are rough and they will get rougher, but not nearly as bad as if Brash Co. had been running the place into the ground.
But of course the hydra has many heads. The neoliberal agenda didn’t go away, it just changed its suit and got a bit more patient. And now that the Hollow Men judge that the time is right, they are testing the water by wheeling out Brash again, to get back to his unfinished business. Soon they’ll be telling us that “there is no alternative”. Brash in charge of “productivity”? The lunatics are running the asylum.