Coddington flays academics

Deborah Coddington has had a couple of good weeks. Today she flays a couple of pinko academic rent a quote types:

Why bother with inquiries into disasters when, say noted economists Brian Easton and Geoff Bertram, everything is Roger Douglas’ fault: “Pike River, leaky homes, finance companies – costly in both money and lives – is seen as the belated price New Zealand is paying for chucking away its rulebooks in the late 1980s.”

Easton blames Rogernomics for Pike River’s 29 miner deaths and, furthermore, suicides by owners of leaky homes.

Why? Because Sir Roger’s Government was “too hands-off” with regulations in these areas, Easton said last week.

Bertram reckons New Zealand is “a laughing stock in many overseas jurisdictions. They look at our regulatory arrangements and roll their eyes.”

So that’s why immigration officials wipe away tears of mirth and pick themselves up off the floor every time I enter a foreign country and hand over my passport for stamping.

Complete bollocks. Deborah gets stuck in.

But Easton and Bertram are quite right. All this choice and freedom is killing us. We should repair to Nanny Muldoon’s policies with haste.

By law, only four trading banks were permitted. They opened at 10am and closed at 3pm. There were no ATM machines. If you wanted cash for the weekend, you withdrew money on Friday before the bank closed. Interest was set on savings accounts at 3 per cent.

To send money overseas you bought money orders from the Post Office. Above a certain amount “about $5 a day” you applied to the Reserve Bank. Same for international magazines – you filled out a form, sent it to the Reserve Bank, and got permission from Nanny to send funds offshore.

No lives must be risked in the spending of this money. And marginal tax rates will go back to 66 per cent, kicking in at $30,000.

People forget those days of state control over almost every aspect of our lives. People also forget that Labour increased its vote from 1984 to 1987 because they loved the freedom that Rogernomics brought to the country. The sad fact is though that Labour helped re-write history, along with plonkers like Brian Easton and Geoff Bertram.

Rogernomics should be blamed for the 25 drivers killed while using their cellphones. These are weapons of mass destruction. Douglas liberated telecommunications.

In 1985 the state-owned Post Office stockpiled 2000 spare desks and chairs, and a two-year supply of dial phones nobody wanted.

Before you got a new phone you had to prove the one you had was beyond repair – but that was okay because nobody died and the phones didn’t leak.

When the state owned our assets, the Post Office landed 13,000 faulty telephones, and a further $30 million of PABX equipment stayed in storage until someone felt like fixing the software. The numbers of people on waiting lists for telecommunications services nearly doubled in the three years to 1985, from 8000 to 15,000. But nobody overseas laughed at us.

This is what happens when government departments run things, we wold do well to remember those days. This is what Labour acolytes now pine for. Their MPs even post videos about it.

How comforting were the arms of Nanny, pre-1984, when she decided what we could and couldn’t buy. Government chose who could have import licences, and which local manufacturers should be protected.

It doesn’t matter if New Zealand families can’t afford cheap clothes and shoes for their children. That’s not the point. It’s Nanny’s job – as these two erudite economists will happily point out – to protect the privileged, not the consumers who want to shop around, or go online, for cheaper goods.

Competition hurts producers, manufacturers, banks, supermarkets – goodness, even those selling milk and vegetables. Here, let Nanny put a plaster on it.

Thank you Deborah Coddington for reminding us what Labour would take us back to.