Friday, November 25, 2011

Almost the end of The Agony -

I quite enjoy reading Deborah Hill Cone in the busyness section of Granny Herald. Not because I necessarily agree with her POV, but simply because it is often one of the better writes in the paper.

And so it is this morning with her take on elections and electorates. In fact I think that I can sympathise with her personal agony of being an Epsom Saltie.

What caught my eye was her wave in the general direction of one of the elephants currently occupying the room. Hers is the one carrying the "youth unemployment" label.
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson this week wrote a piece warning the British Chancellor he is creating a "lost generation" of young people who will never know work, and advocated some drastic policies.

In this country, it is still too much of a buzz kill to address the reality of long-term youth unemployment of 25 to 30 per cent, or how to transform an underclass of people stuck on welfare.

But she actually closes with a very accurate posit on the nature of NZers and their attitude to elections and governmental retaliation (translate that with the story of the old radio programme earlier...).
We feel the decisions that affect us are taken way above our heads, in so much as they are the operation of large economic forces over which we have no control. This is probably true. But sometimes we do have at least a small opportunity to exert our agency.

Tomorrow is one of those days. I just wish I could vote for someone who has woken up.

Which earns from me a heartfelt "Hear, hear!"


Anonymous said...

It's Election Day taraa taraa!

And thankfully we have received an issue of the Granny with no photos of John Key in it!

I think I will keep it as a souvenir.

Whanga Ray said...

More from me...this time a little more serious.

Now that JK has another term as PM, what's the betting that he'll introduce the changes to super that he vowed he'd never have a part of. He'll say that his promise 'not on his watch' only applied to the 2009 - 2011 term.

To pull the economy back, some pain is necessary. I note that the pain won't be shared by the better off - a very Gnational ploy to drag in the punters. Naturally enough, pain will be inflicted upon the beneficiaries - superannuitants excepted (who really don't consider themselves as beneficiaries - "We've paid our taxes all our lives" and therefore think that taxes are a savings scheme).

Asset sales of course will be great for the 'mum and dad' investors - if you believe that crap then you're ready for the mental institution. My renters certainly won't be contacting their sharebrokers!

What a crock this Gnational lot are.

The probligo said...

A thought that I am working on a the moment.

The first question is whether he will take the 66% average wage down (what you seem to be thinking) or tackle the qualifying age question (unlikely seeing it was a Labour plank).

It is the motives behind that difference that I am working on...