Roger Kerr, official spokesman for the ACT-National-Roundtable government, today announced the formation of a Productivity Commission to be headed by Don Brash, a close associate and admirer of former National Finance Minister Ruth Richardson.
The announcement was made in an article supplied to the DomPost (not on website) which also ran it as news.
The announcement explains the empty economic policy statements of the reputed Prime Minister, John Key, noted by commentators on the Standard. Key doesn’t run the cutter or set the policy; his role is simply to keep the media distracted and entertained. That’s not hard to do.
I posted earlier on the ACT-National-Roundtable government’s approach to democratic participation, evident in the Auckland SuperCity crash-through, and outlined in Roger Douglas’s speech to the Mont Pelerin Society in 1989. Mont Pelerin was the place where Friedrich Hayek convened the first meeting of those who “see danger in the expansion of government, not least in state welfare, (and) in the power of trade unions..”
Brash’s approach to productivity can be found in his Hayek lecture, delivered in 1996. His ideas will not have changed; it’s what he would have done if elected in 2005.
As the rest of the world turns away from the market excesses, New Zealand’s Hayek priests want to stick with old dogma. Sell more assets, smash more unions, slash more benefits, and cut the state to the bone.
No wonder Key blags on. He has to hide Hide and their government’s real agenda.