Steven Joyce is meant to be the Jobs Czar. That’s what Mobie is supposedly for – creating jobs and growth. So, what’s his reaction to another hundred job losses yesterday at the Bluff smelter and the threat of the loss of 3,200 more? “If [Tiwai Pt closed], it would adjust different things like investment profiles and all sorts of things” but no worries because Rio Tinto and Meridian will “come to some arrangement”.
No wonder 65,000 more people are unemployed under National. They just don’t give a fuck.
Joyce can turn out glossy booklet after glossy booklet about how things ought to be in his view but when it comes to actually acting when real jobs are under threat – nothing. He’s all theory, no delivery. All dreams, no action.
In closely related news, Joyce says its all cool that National has been forced to delay its flagship policy by six months:
“Much of the interest is from Kiwis who might be new to the sharemarket and to owning shares,” Joyce said.
“There is a strong desire for more understandable, factual information about the mixed ownership programme generally and also the sharemarket in general,” he said.
“We’ll use the additional time to provide this information to New Zealanders so when the first share offer commences in 2013 prospective investors will be in a position to be confident when deciding whether or not to make an investment.”
The first fact that any potential investors will want to know is “is the largest electricity customer in the country going to hang around”? And Joyce doesn’t seem to think that matters. If I had a couple of grand to spare, I would be steering well clear of a market that could see the bottom drop out of prices at the whim of a multi-national that wants to get out of New Zealand.