Sean Plunket’s piece on NZ Power wasn’t quite what I expected. After invoking the usual grim vision of the 1970s (although I swear I detected a slight wistful nostalgia) he breaks out the following conclusion:
With the world struggling to cope with the downstream of the global financial crisis and a tonne of examples (Pike River the most recent) that the market doesn’t always deliver the best results, maybe it is time we had a more meaningful and fundamental debate about how we run our country and economy.
It could be that next year’s election might be fought with ideas and philosophies and Kiwis could get a real choice between a continuation of current policies and an updated version of the Polish shipyard.
We don’t know yet if the Left’s back-to-the-future strategy is going to get any traction but if it does don’t be surprised to see National resurrecting a few of Sir Robert’s old strategies as well. Bring on the dancing Cossacks.
I think one of the best things about the NZ Power policy (other than its promise of a better electricity system) is that has cracked the TINA facade of the neoliberal consensus and made space for a discussion about alternatives.
And if establishment media like Sean Plunket are welcoming that, then it is unsurprising that those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo are sweating.