Chris Luxon is visiting the United Kingdom to gather new ideas.
He obviously thinks that the United Kingdom and in particular England is a haven for conservative ideology. Although it is currently turning out to be a classic example of how bad a clusterfuck conservative leadership can achieve and you really have to wonder at the virtue of seeking any sort of guidance from Boris Johnson’s Government.
He has also visited Ireland no doubt wanting to check out tax breaks for multi nationals. John Key’s plan to make New Zealand a bolt hole for the wealthy may be back on the table.
The things Luxon has chosen to comment on are interesting. Like he supports Brexit even though it is the reason that the UK economy is tanking.
We've just signed a free trade agreement with the EU & a few days later #LyinLuxon is trashing them in front of the world. His speech was a disaster for our tourism sector, our migrant worker needs & our relationship with our newest free trade partner. He's a fucken DISASTER! pic.twitter.com/806VQMbiNr
— 🇺🇦Lying ex tobacco lobbyist🇺🇦 (@rugbyintel) July 7, 2022
And he also wants to raise productivity, but it seems that the tools he wishes to use are the winding back of wages and conditions. From Toby Manhire at the Spinoff:
Luxon raised concern about the added costs being “passed on to business”, pointing to “national income insurance coming at us, things like national awards coming at us … extending sick leave, minimum wages, more public holidays”. It was a “government that has no people in it with any business experience and it gets thrown over the fence and actually those costs get passed on to businesses”, he said. The challenge was “unleashing enterprise”, he said, “because we’ve kind of got into a place where the public look to the government for all their answers [and] now businesses are getting soft and looking to the government for all their answers.”
Fancy describing businesses as “soft” and advocating essentially for the reduction in the minimum wage and the roll back of sickness and holiday entitlements.
Meanwhile it appears that Jacinda Ardern is Kryptonite for conservative leaders. She met with Johnson 6 days ago, just enough time for the Kryptonite to take effect.
And she also met with former Prime Minister Theresa May shortly before May’s demise as leader.
Ardern had met with May on May 16 in 2019 while in Paris for the Christchurch Call summit – nine days before May announced she would resign after her struggles to deliver on a Brexit deal. Ardern had also visited her at 10 Downing Street in January of the same year.
She has had the same effect on Bill English, Simon Bridges, Todd Muller and Judith Collins. I wonder how long Luxon will last?