So we'll see these oligarchic power companies holding prices down for kiwi Mum & Dad non-investors at the expense of their private owners. Yeah, right.
Unless of course, they happen to be these mum & dad investors.
And does anyone see the resemblance between the following quotes?
Bill English: "I just want to emphasise that it is not our best guess; it's just a guess."
Jenny Shipley: "I made it up."
Mandate my ass.
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We the taxpayer don’t own any local lines.
That is an embarassing mistake on my part. Thank you. I can only plead some confusion stemming from largely public ownership of generation.
Maybe that ongoing intervention is creating more of a problem than it;s solving by distracting powercos from the basics?
I agree that the intervention we see isn't necessarily achieving its intended outcomes. But the scope and kinds of intervention is inherently limited by the current model too.
Ownership might be a disincentive in effective social intervention because govt will always be counting the dollar impact on its businesses around rule changes.
I think any intervention has complex effects on the government's financial position (eg, tobacco excise). I don't know that I find that particularly persuasive.
Intervention? They ain't got no money.
More cuts than an A&E on Friday night
jonkey can fix that. Close A&Es on friday nights, simple.
All the sane commentators are against these sales. It's also very interesting to see how many are also against keeping the POAL facility in Auckland, rather suggesting it is moved out of the central city.
Not owning Telecom hasn't stopped it aggressively intervening in that market
But that "intervention" has involved dumping money in the pockets of Telecom's foreign shareholders.
I'd suggest that Labour should be working with the other opposition parties to put together a plan to acquire these firms back for the NZ people:
- swap (by legislation) ordinary shares for non-voting stock
- revisit regulation: Pricing and selection of electricity sources by a carbon-minimisation model, rather than the current pseudo-market. Forced retirement of fossil fuel assets. For AirNZ, regulation of regional service and fares
- a better ownership model such as a worker/consumer co-op, with government and former shareholders providing capital as a long term loan
Of course, an expectation that this might happen in the future would deter "investors" from buying shares in the first place.
the opposition is broader than Labour. thankfully.
It is, and may I say what a wonderful job National are doing as an opposition.
At every opportunity they attack Labour, thus stifling labours voice. Rather than arguing their own policy, National are opposing the people of New Zealand, they are opposing any form of public broadcasting, they are opposing any social growth with the idealogical mindset that the individual is greater than the whole, they are opposing public good over private profit. They did it before and they are doing it now.
Their name, National, is a misnomer, a charade. They are for the wealthy few at the expense of the Nation. They should be called The Parasite Party, they are fleas sucking the blood of the People, the pillagers of the Nation's wealth.
At every opportunity they attack Labour, thus stifling labours voice.
a whimper don't take much stifling :)
All the sane commentators are against these sales.
And moreover, any commentators beating a drum for them are beating it very quietly. It's a bad, confused policy that will hamstring future governments.
We the taxpayer don’t own any local lines.
We did. Once. And if you want an example of how "spreading the wealth" worked when it was divested then you will find no better example. $1500 worth of line shares vamoosed into the hands of the few within days. Once the limit was reached the rest were forcibly stolen. And now Gerry wants Chch to sell their cash cow which they kept rather than flog off.
Ideology. Pure and rancidly simple.
What time is the revolt gathering to begin my brothers and sisters??
National are opposing the people of New Zealand, they are opposing any form of public broadcasting, they are opposing any social growth with the idealogical mindset that the individual is greater than the whole, they are opposing public good over private profit.
Not to shift the blame here at all, but National are not doing all this alone. They are doing it with the aid, or at least compliance, of two coalition partners, at least one of which must be very uncomfortable with much of it. As Sacha pointed out in another thread, change doesn't have to wait till 2014.
Good luck with that Ross. NZ are a nation of apathetic and intellectually disinterested voters. We have a lot of good points to but anything to do with economics or politics is just not on that list.
Sure they will vote National out eventually but only because they would have done that no matter who was in....
In a few years National will promise tax cuts and/or a whole bunch of other rubbish and back they will come. Of course NZ, as every time in the past, will be a little weaker and a little less better off with more of the pie in the stained pockets of the wealthy.
The problem is that this sort of damage the right do every time they get in cannot be properly undone easily.
change doesn't have to wait till 2014
I'm heartened that more and more political actors seem to be waking up to that. Pressure on Dunne and the Maori Party as you say should be part of it.
Baubles of office says no.
I don't think we should be letting them off that lightly ;-)
And as for the "Mum and Dad" investors crap . . . most of the population is struggling to keep food on the table and the mortgage paid, and will not be chucking a few spare thousands at SOE shares
Totally. Did anyone not get this?? The reason we have low investment in our own stockmarkets is NOT because there are no stocks worth buying, but because NZ does not have a culture of saving and investing in anything except property. Australia is exactly the opposite, has the highest rate of Mum and Dad investors in their local stockmarket in the world because they have compulsory super savings. If any such thing existed here, there would almost be a case for the asset sales, because the super funds would snap them up and they would fund retirement. Then foreign investment driving the prices up would actually make most NZers richer (until it came time to pay power bills). But we don't have that, and we bloody well should. First. While there still are state assets that we could all be in the IPO bonanza for, instead of buying into them after all the fucking capital we have already sunk into them after years of paying the interest on the loans it took to build them has been sucked out by foreign investors.
There's nothing good about this government's economic plans. Nothing at all.
Totally agree. That the staggering financial illiteracy on display has not been called out forcefully is tragic.
I’d suggest that Labour should be working with the other opposition parties to put together a plan to acquire these firms back for the NZ people:
Opposition parties and Grey power are getting involved as Peters suggested will happen.
Saw this in Harold this morning.
Cheers. To be fair, no-one on this thread has been throwing around the m-word quite as freely as has been seen on Twitter today. But it's a point worth making that our political system explicitly allows governments to do what they want, and to claim otherwise is disingenuous. The election party vote question is, more-or-less, "Which party do you want to form the Government?" - no more and no less. That is the only mandate.
I'm sure there are tons of ideas of various qualities around about if we could / whether we should constrain government more closely. Ideally, a robust MMP system has that effect. But the options open to us now are limited to making enough noise that National or its coalition partners get nervous about their re-election chances, because that's the only mandate that can be withdrawn.
Super fund Muldoon spectre National disaster revenant.
I can shorthand now. The same things cropping up over and over...must stop caring.
Do you include the $1b loss in value from unbundling legislation?
Australia is exactly the opposite, has the highest rate of Mum and Dad investors in their local stockmarket in the world because they have compulsory super savings.
And compulsory voting and but, really high power bills now it's all privatised. Friends in Melbourne said their bill skyrocketed as we know will happen here.