Happy new year everyone.
Saionara to 2020 and welcome 2021. May it be even better.
Today is the day MPs will start to think about the year ahead. With a stonking mandate and a possible once in a lifetime event, a majority MMP government what should it do?
Simon Wilson has written this very prescient slightly tongue in cheek article published in today’s Herald thinking about the subject. It is a must read.
As he says why not cancel a few motorway projects, they will become irrelevant as we head towards a post carbon post car society anyway. Why not build light rail now, feed the circular economy by using the powers of the state to fund local projects, improve education, and reduce poverty by making sure that everyone has enough to live on.
Covid has made us all socialists, we can look overseas and see the damage that right wing governments, fixated on the economy and impervious to the human cost, have managed to achieve.
This Government did not get to the position that it is in by being cautious and working out the middle ground. It achieved this by being brave, by listening to the science, and by bringing people along with it.
This is the year to be brave. Let’s do this.
So what do you think the Government should set out to achieve this year?