Steven Joyce reckons that the ‘can’ts’ are holding us back. I agree, just look at these facts:
What a bunch of can’ts.
Joyce’s piece is typical of his politics. He misrepresents his opponents as just being anti everything. We all know that’s a lie. Communities don’t oppose all mining, they do oppose environmentally destructive mining on precious land. They don’t oppose all oil drilling, they do oppose deepsea drilling that is proven to be dangerous given we are manifestly under-prepared for even small oil spills.
Joyce then vaguely suggests that getting rid of the restrictions these ‘can’ts’ impose is the solution while conceding that restrictions on development and resource exploitation are valid and necessary, although implicitly suggesting the current restrictions are too strong.
Joyce offers no specific policies and ignores the fact that New Zealand is already one of the easiest country’s in the world in which to do business with one of the most permissive resource management regimes (we even allow mining on all by a fraction of our conservation estate). His only reference to his government’s policy is the joke ‘120-point’ plan that they put out before the election – a ‘plan’ that was mostly completed policies, many of which had been started by the previous Labour government.
Joyce’s tactic here is to simultaneously demonise the opponents of unrestrained development and extraction while crying ‘something must be done’. The next stage will be to present a radical stripping of communities’ rights to a say in the exploitation of their environments as the only solution.