Over the past couple of days there has been a pivotal moment in the debate over New Zealand's economic direction. Both Gareth Morgan and Bernard Hickey appear to have fundamentally reconsidered their positions on management of the economy in general and monetary policy in particular. Perhaps even more importantly, their heresies have been featured prominently by the the NZ Herald. As opinion leaders in NZ's 'great social and economic experiment' begin to waver, perhaps the neo-liberal orthodoxy truly has begun to crumble.
How NZ is being softened up for another round of privatisation - a Fabian Society seminar, with Dr Bill Rosenberg and Fraser Carson of FRESCO
The tom-toms are beating loud and clear for another onslaught of privatisation if National wins the next election. We’re hearing why it’s rational, common-sense, good for mums and dads, good for investors, good for the country, won’t be like last time, will be the saviour of our capital markets and so on and so on.
Treasury’s already producing advice to the government on how to ‘sell’ it to the public.
Crucial infrastructural assets were sold off and stripped last time. This time the low fruit is in local government and state owned enterprises.
Don’t miss this Wellington seminar on how the messages will be framed to sell Privatisation Mark II.