Our leadership problem

NZ Herald

Fran O’Sullivan hits on the problem we have in out body politic:

Real leadership involves telling New Zealanders that the situation is fiscally unsustainable and leaves the country too exposed to future financial shocks.

So, Shearer’s colleagues have no reason to fear (yet) that he is going to tie them to the kind of genuinely unpopular but necessary policies that may cost them their own jobs.

New Zealand will just continue to lurch along buried beneath the dead weight of handouts it cannot really afford to service.

Much of this hard-earned taxpayer cash would be better spent on funding a jobs machine for young unemployed New Zealanders who are the real losers in this society, rather than topping up the incomes of the salaried middle-class.

I’m not sure Fran has worked that through properly…”jobs machines” never work, they never have and never will. Anything that has a government meddling in it invariably fails.

She is right, however, on the the fiscally unsustainable welfare for the middle classes….like farmers in the 80s the stripping of the subsidies is going to be painful…but necessary.


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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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