Minister of Finance
Did you see David Slack’s article this week? I would recommend it to you as he speaks metaphorically about you and your long (to be, retrospectively as it was) career as finance minister. It may seem unrealistic to extrapolate a continuous 25 year rein as Finance Minister in the context of New Zealand politics. But the metaphor is applicable in the sense that the surrealistic denial which is characteristic of our present time, within your Labour government’s time, is bringing us to a time of critical decision making now. Now! Now will determine whether there can be much of a future, much of a real (non-surreal) future politics in New Zealand and the world.
Slack’s reference to the $30B (yes, ‘B’) which your government has yet to commit shows you have at least a chance to make decisions which can put us in the right direction. Rod Oram has today mentioned three positive recent developments, not least of which is the closure of the Tiwai Aluminium smelter in the South. Other opportunities exist and are necessary, such as….
.Funding transport options which trash the total domination of the personal motor car.
.funding a local recycling capability (which, because everyone has to put out the trash and recycling every week -every week!- would bring home the importance of personal national responsibility).
.developing restorative agriculture which would eliminate dairy farming based on feed lots, and encourage plant based diets as well.
There will be others.