From the The Owl
We all wish and hope that bodies can be recovered or at least closure is gained for the families of theÂ Pike River mine.
A number of editorials and opinion writers for MSM have suggested as soon as the report into the PikeÂ River tragedy was released the â€śblame gameâ€ť would begin.
Having read as many reports as possible it is the left wing blogger Steve Cowan with his articleÂ on â€śAgainst the Currentâ€ť which is absolutely superb.
The parties involved have all put their hands up and in lay menâ€™s terms have said â€śwe have had a part toÂ play in the disasterâ€ť. Prime Minister John Key, Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson, David Shearer on behalf of previousÂ Labour Governments and the list goes on.
However as Steve Cowan writes, the EPMU had a golden opportunity under Andrew Littleâ€™s leadershipÂ to raise concerns about the mine and health and safety within the mining industry. If his analysis is rightÂ and it is a very well researched piece he squarely puts part of the blame on â€śmodern unionismâ€ť.
The focus must remain on the findings on the report, implementation of measures suggested withoutÂ political tinkering and closure for the Pike River families. Accordingly Steve Cowan suggests that theÂ EPMU, Andrew Little and Damian Oâ€™Connor should also look very seriously at their roles.
Observation by the Owl
For the followers of the Owl my mandate is to always apologise if what I have written is wrong.
Sometimes that takes guts and Steve Cowan piece has really got me thinking.
The words â€śmodern unionismâ€ť means what? I donâ€™t know what that means but what I do know is thatÂ people within the union have used their unions to build profiles and enter such domains as parliament.
The 20% voting shifty pulled by the Unions for the future appointment of any Labour Leader showsÂ again how agendas can destroy institutions.
New Zealand needs strong governments and equally needs strong opposition â€“ we can all handle a goodÂ debate but leadership on either side of the house also needs to exercise â€śhumilityâ€ť. Empathy for others.
As I heard recently on a radio show when the talk back hosts was criticising the 7% unemployment rate,Â the astute co-host said â€“ thatâ€™s great 93% are employed in New Zealand.
Andrew Little comment in parliament this week when he said that â€śthere was no business leadership inÂ this countryâ€ť reminded me how much our politicians are out of touch with reality.
Every morning, hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders wake up each day and go open theirÂ workshops, businesses and work on innovations and design to satisfy their needs of their workers,Â clients and families â€“ not to satisfy unions or politicians.
Steve Cowan, the unions didnâ€™t kill the workers, nor did the government â€“ a whole lot of personal andÂ ideological agendas did over a very long time.