Mandy Hager [pictured] called the words below…”utter scaremongering twaddle” and I agree completely…the argument put forward by the writer are so typical of the Roger Douglas period of our history…when money and greed took charge of our once democratic society and the word WE was lost in the rush to use the word I.
Unlike the Stuff writer I have faith in the younger generation and their now correct perception of the neoliberal bunch that took over our country and directed all the wealth into the greedy fingers of the few.
The younger generation are paying for all that mismanagement and private company takeover of New Zealand’s collective wealth. The young know only too well of the takeover of various profitable enterprises once own by us all. The young are now heavily in debt because of the student loans system introduced twenty odd years ago.
Martin Van Beynen who wrote the stuff item must be living in some world unknown to the rest of us…and I’m no chicken…he is the strange chap that believes there is no inequality in NZ. He is a sort of a reincarnation of Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson and even John Banks mixed into one unintelligent pen pusher. Here is what he wrote, in part:
“It's also understandable why young voters should find the socialism espoused by Corbyn, essentially a reactionary, attractive.
They are simply too young to have lived through a big government, highly regulated, state-ownership economy or to remember much about the disastrous socialism experiment in the Soviet Union.
Corbyn's United Kingdom would see a return to collective bargaining, nationalised rail, post and water, a free national health and education service, high taxes on the rich and massive Government investment in infrastructure. It sounds very much like New Zealand pre-1984.
Young New Zealand voters won't remember the endless strikes and ubiquitous regulation. Yes wages were high but only for workers with unions who could hold the country to ransom.
If school holidays were coming up, the seamen would stop the ferries across Cook Strait. When stock was banking up at the freezing works, the freezing workers would go out. The wharves were centres of industrial blackmail, pilfering and inefficiency.
It took weeks to get a telephone installed and New Zealand set world records for the length of time it took to construct anything. Yes we protected our industries but that led to cronyism, high prices and lousy quality. We had about one per cent unemployment but how many people actually worked?
The country ignored international realities.
By 1984, New Zealand was struggling with crippling balance of payments and budget deficits, was heavily subsiding exports and regulation, which had been used to freeze prices, had gone as far as it could go. A financial crisis was imminent.
The correction, when it came, was brutal, perhaps unnecessarily so, but choices were limited.
Perhaps the outlook for young voters in New Zealand is not nearly as bleak as those in UK, US and France but they will share some of the same views.
Our parties, desperately competing for the middle ground, will be wondering how they can harness this young voter disillusion. A bribe around education is always a good idea.
But tired, old solutions proposed by the likes of Sanders and Corbyn have been tried before and failed to produce a golden age. Young voters need a reminder”.
If you feel up to the strain you can read his whole ramble…
It’s not hard to accept that this year is an election year…and the Nats will need every bit of PR propaganda they can muster from their friends in the MSM. I believe that young people are on the move especially when it comes to understanding the massive double cross behaviour that was forced onto them by the now discredited neoliberal money manipulators. Why because they [the young] are now having to pay the price for the greed and selfishness of my generation. The great bulk of my generation are now seeing only too clearly the fatal and life damaging results that we though our blindness and greed have left behind for the younger generation to repair.
Van Beynen is of Dutch extraction, van Beynen was born in Christchurch. He lived in west Auckland from the age of 11. He was educated at St Peter's College, Auckland where he played rugby union. He attended the University of Auckland where he studied law, graduating in 1981. He gained a M.A. in 1982. Van Beynen is married with three children and lives in Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula.
All his education was funded by the tax payers of the time…no student debt for him…
Have a happy week and never forget you are back bone of a nation that is rediscovering a collective and caring society...you are among the most important people in the world.
Peter J Wheeler