Unions, businesses, and political parties will come together today to form a united front on the need for change to save manufacturing in New Zealand. National, with its tin ear, refuses to acknowledge the problem. There’s an emerging consensus that we need to turn away from the failed neoliberal model. If National wants to stand isolated against that consensus, that’s their problem.
I’m hugely encouraged that everyone is getting together and saying that not only is change necessary but that it is possible. It will mean discarding some of the doctrine and failed rules of the last 25 years but what sacrifice is that? New Zealand had nothing to lose but the chains that we put on ourselves.