25th September, 2020
COVID RECOVERY - THE WAY HEAD FOR A BETTER FUTURE.
Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson did an excellent job in the early stages of the Covid 19 Pandemic when no one really knew what was happening and where it would go. Moving fast with the lock down and the provision of support such as the Wage subsidy provided the immediate means to allow time for the long term situation to become clearer, and a plan for the future developed. Unfortunately they are failing to provide certainty and a way ahead. That may be difficult in the middle of an election campaign but is nevertheless necessary. We have no time to waste as it is generally recognised that the next three months are going to be extremely difficult with rising unemployment and bigger social issues.
For 10 years I have been saying to anyone who would listen (not many!) that so much of the vaunted GDP 'growth' was based on creating greed and a desire for things that we did not need based on a very unstable foundation of debt. The day of reckoning has arrived!. We have exploited the planet, damaged our relationships, and created our social dysfunction..
There are four basic needs that every human has: food, clothing, shelter, and peace of mind. It is the responsibility of government to ensure that every person has access to these.