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Rodney Hide explains why governments like making new Ministries

?We? as in the people don?t have ministers ? the government does. That?s a crucial distinction. The interests of government ? and by that I mean politicians and civil servants ? seldom align with those of the people either as a whole or in part.

The driving force with politicians is votes. Without votes they can?t be politicians. They certainly can?t be in government. Sure, they want to ?do good? but to ?do good? they first must win. And that means votes.

Politicians chasing votes make different choices to politicians out to increase, say, freedom and prosperity, or just the general welfare as they see it.

For politicians winning votes must trump ?doing good.?

Indeed, a good politician these days is one good at winning votes rather than good at governing or making tough decisions. The distinction is a sharp one.

And so the question is not why do ?we? have a Minister of Women?s Affairs, Ethnic Affairs, etc. The question is why do politicians? And to ask the question is to answer it: votes.

A Minister of Women?s Affairs shows you care about women. Don Brash as leader of the National Party advocated getting rid of the ministry only to be lambasted as anti-women by members of his own party. Read more »

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