A bunch of can’ts holding us back, Ctd

The other day Steven Joyce spoke of a bunch of can’ts who are holding this country back. Today absentee MP David Cunliffe has spoken to the Herald and proved he is a “can’t”:

“There’s just not a huge upside in further deregulation and in fact there’s real downside risk to our clean green brand.”

He added that removing more roadblocks and “simply exporting more of its existing product basket” would not close the gap with Australia.

We can’t simply milk more cows, ship more logs, dig more coal and close a 40 per cent value gap, there isn’t enough water, you run into environmental constraints, there’s not enough arable land, so therefore an alternative strategy is required that will require the migration of parts of the economy to higher value activities.

No David, you can’t. There is a reason you are called Silent T. Perhaps we should now call you David Can’t-liffe.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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