Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, October 9th, 2017 - 318 comments
Categories: accountability, capitalism, class, discrimination, economy, Economy, housing, im/migration, labour, monetary policy, Politics, Privatisation, racism - Tags: im/migration, infrastructure, racism
Duncan Garner has done a piece that basically channels NZ Labour immigration policy. Essentially, so the argument goes, NZ has too many people and not enough infra-structure and so must “take a breather” to get things in order.
So I’ll just point out the fucking obvious. Yes, New Zealand’s infra-structure is crap. And it’s crap because of the inaction of successive governments. It’s crap because that’s what happens when shit is sold to private entities that are geared to extract profit instead of providing for society. In short, it’s crap because of political incompetence.
It’s not crap because of immigration and it would be crap no matter the levels of past immigration.
Politicians, hardly paragons for accepting responsibility, of course are happy enough to deflect and then whitter on about how they only want the best for people migrating here and so, sadly, must put the boot into people migrating here – because people migrating here, and not their own incompetence nor slavish adherence to an anti-social economic ideology, is what lies behind the degradation of infra-structure in New Zealand.
If those who presume to manage New Zealand were serious about fixing up broken infra-structure or laying in new infra-structure (and by the way, we’ll be needing more than you could possibly shake a stick at in the coming few decades if ‘the incompetents’ suddenly and quite miraculously acknowledge the likely full impacts of global warming), then the lower skilled and poorer foreigners that current immigration policy proposals are geared against would be being encouraged and welcomed – not maligned and rejected.