Mike Hosking’s editorial yesterday was about the turn around in immigration, another crisis that was solved by Labour declaring it was a crisis.
Can I make a small plea to not make the same mistake as last time?
We appear this week to be in receipt of some more good news. The good news involves our migration rate, which is at its highest in more than a decade. 36,400 migrants arrived in the year to March.
Further, I have more good news which I suspect shows the two are connected. The bloke who came up with the term “the rock star economy” has added to his commentary by suggesting he feels good about that prediction. His company that made the call about our progress thinks they were right and by and large we’re “rocking on”.
So one can safely assume that people all over the world have seen this sort of commentary. The word has got out and so the queue has started to form to get into the country.
Now last time (and sadly it wasn’t that long ago) that the numbers started to look pretty flash, instead of celebrating the moaners and lefties all started freaking out and turned the good news into a worry fest by suggesting all these people were nothing but trouble because all they’d want to do when they got here was get a job, earn money and buy a house.
It leads me to ask the question – do you reckon were about the only country on the planet that could take such good news and somehow try and turn it into a negative? And in trying to turn it into a negative, had no one noticed that we might just be a bit under populated and there were no shortage of countries all over the world of exactly the same size as us who had a heap more people and were doing just fine thank you?
Not all of us Mike, just the leftie moaners and whingers, no wonder they are polling in low 20s.
One of the reasons they were doing just fine is that when you have more people they do indeed want more stuff. So that’s where the jobs and growth come in by providing them with more stuff. More cars, houses, clothes, food, things to do, places to see, things to fill their time with. And all of that comes out of people who make and produce those things working harder and longer, opening more shops and factories, hiring more people and paying more money.
It’s called growth. People fuel growth. If there are 10 people in line for your wares, once they’ve bought them they either have to line back up or you need to find something else to sell them. If there are 100 people in your line, you’re doing more business.
My only regret about migration is we don’t get icky and choosy on New Zealanders returning. I am sure there were many who left who quite frankly we were never going to miss. So having naffed off, a rule that filters those wanting to return might not see us with a bunch of deadbeats returning, having their head turned once again by the bright lights of success but in reality unable to participate. They bring the same thing back they took out in the first place – nothing.
Let us embrace all this. Let us see this record, these numbers the way they should be seen – as a tangible example that as the good economist from the HSBC says as a country that is “rocking on”.
Yes we are, recovering from the GFC and building a vibrant economy.
Do voters really want to risk all that.
I suspect not.