Vested interests dressed up as an opinion piece

Policy Parrot says:

This Parrot read with laughter these comments from Stephen Selwood. Quite frankly they should be ignored at all cost because of who Stephen Selwood is.

Selwood is the lobby boy for Infrastructure NZ which is the lobby powerhouse of infrastructure constructors and consultants.

These guys basically make wads of cash from big infrastructure projects. Take a look at the list of members and you can see who Selwood represents:

The mandate is to push for big infrastructure projects to be built. They come up with all manner of complete bullshit about what the cost benefits are going to be for each project and they support every project proposed – which is because they want the money to flow and to receive the benefit.

As such Stephen Selwood is an advocate.

This parrot has no issue with big business making money. Good for them.

The issue is that people give Selwood a  soap box to speak when they should really ignore him.

Take todays NZ Herald article on the state of infrastructure in NZ. Do we really think there is anything logical or sensible to be said by Selwood about the state of our infrastructure in NZ?  

Selwood gives the country a B+ rating and then says much improvement can still be had.

Of course he would say that. He is biased, subjective and is issuing propaganda from the mandated agenda of his organisation – to encourage as much infrastructure projects to be built as possible to the benefit of his members.

It really is a sad day when the Herald lets such an advocate pen his opinion about the state of our infrastructure. Selwood is not going to score it too good because its not in his interest. He is also not going to bite the hand that feeds his puppet masters. What Selwood is going to do is sell sell sell that improvement is needed.

This Parrot says its a sad day for NZ when an industry lobby group is provided with a platform to speak on a topic it has an impartial view upon. It’s not hard to know what he will write – its bloody obvious.

Whilst the industry members have a right to lobby, put their point across and make money – the issue is when we get fed such complete bullshit dribble about the state of our infrastructure.

Selwood is not an expert in this and his position is hardly neutral so it can be said fairly that the article is not a fair assessment of our country’s infrastructure at all.

Rather what it is is a pile of beetle dung. A worthless assessment by a man who is paid to say we need to spend more money building more infrastructure.

This shameless self edifying piece of propaganda should never have made print, or at least never been copied and pasted in.

Shame on the Herald for letting such a piece be printed.

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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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