Podcast: Mind the Gap!

On Monday, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei launched Mind the Gap, the Green Party’s eight-point Budget strategy to combat growing inequality in New Zealand.

Mind the Gap is the third installment of the Green New Deal, which is what a Green Government would be doing right now to address the biggest environmental, economic, and social problems facing New Zealand.

It’s Budget Day, and Mind the Gap is the Green Party’s alternative vision for investment in our future that addresses the biggest social and economic problems facing New Zealand.

In this podcast, Metiria talks us through Mind the Gap – what’s behind it, what’s in it, and why it’s needed.

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3 Comments Posted

  1. Mind the Gaps is a brave attempt to deal with some of the realities of growing inequality in NZ. The impacts of inequality are chilling;y bad for all NZers in terms of raised insecurity, shortened life expectancy, lives wasted or at least not put to good use, wasted spending on prisons… the lisyt goes on.
    The changes to the benefit system are small but important – and I have commented on this blog before on TAS uptake. Building more state houses in essential given the ever increasing stangle hold private landlords have on the residental property market. The tiered power pricing is inniovative.
    To those who claim inequality is good, I say SUCKS. The evidence is clear, growing inequality is bad for all of us. having a set of policies that is directed to having less inequality works for all our benefit. That does not mean we ALL get 3 grams of starch, one of sugar, and half a gram of salt to eat a day.

  2. Iain, doesn’t it break your heart when you discover that the economical terrorists are your own people? Bill English’s budget was the same as the one Labour brought forth years ago except that it will give more than ever to the rich and reduce the poor to even less. What a legacy to leave our grandchildren and what a wrench to those of us who have to live the next 14 years in increasing international debt to further support those businesses that do no service to what we are currently trying to build up- Kiwi super, Kiwi bank, Kiwi rail, Kiwi energy… which will become successful then get sold quickly to an owner with no committment to Kiwis (who paid for the institutions) but they are only looking to profit? Same with Telecom, the banks owned by the Aussies… what about our govt-owned energy commission, it could claw back the profiteers (and itself) who are ripping off the consumers and then overcharging and not giving ten cents back for that public gouging. Shame on us all.

  3. As the dust settles on another election in which, despite Fiscal Resposibility Act 1994, the new party blames the old for leaving the nation in debt crisis and Chris Trotter has finally decided to use his mainstream media operations to start prodding the economical truth, writing today:

    “Translated into plain English, it reads: “We’ve got your economic system under our control. Hand over hundreds of millions of dollars – or your helpless little economy will be made to suffer, and you’ll never see Prosperity again.”

    And last night, Bill English paid up – just as every other Finance Minister has been forced to pay up since the 1980s.

    It was a bad move then and it’s still a bad move. Negotiating with economic terrorists is as craven and foolish as negotiating with any other kind. Because once they realise you’re willing to pay for their co-operation, they will hold your economy to ransom again, and again, and again.”

    I say its clear we are already in some form of receivership conditions at the hands of foreign financiers. We are stalemated in the classic predatory lending trap, rating agencies threaten to downgrade our currency as a bad thing because it would increase what we owe in foreign denominated debt, putting us in deeper debt repayment crisis, yet at the same time we are told in order to be able to pay that same debt, even at current levels, we need a lower dollar to the price of our goods more attractive to increase export income from which means of repayment is supposedly to come, stalemate?

    I say deeper in debt repayment crisis because we already have to put hard assets into a holding bank before the private incorported investment banks will continue to monetise our money supply as debt with their computer generated created credit which we pledge to repay out of future taxes of the nation of which the debt contract is recorded in what is known as a Bond. NZ and Australia in similar current account debt repayment problems are talking of issuing inflationed indexed bonds.

    This process was started under fifth Labour Governments watch, so as the issuance of more BONDS, BONDS, BONDS is sold as our means of borrowing our way out of already mathematically unrepayable gross debt, and National’s so-called mandate for continued privitisation of public infrastructure into the hands of transnational corporations who’s majority stakeholder owners are the very same investment banks that issued the excess created credit, will be once again sold as far more mandatory than mandated. Thus if current Labour don’t do something very different they will again find themselves selling the same mandatory further privitisation message, just who is not telling what?

    Its time for this:
    ” “Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nations laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.”
    Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, who nationalized the Bank of Canada in 1938

    It is no coincidence that Kiwibank is the first thing the fully foreign banker servant National Party Executive are lining up to be taken over, because it quite simply is our only hope of keeping the foreign banksters in check, if supported by political will, by way of competition, and of greatest threat to their economic dominance if we do finally wake up to the fact we dont need to go to foreign intermediaries to borrow their created credit at interest to unlock our natural resources then put the built asset up as colateral, but that we can be our owned intermediaries of created credit spent into circulation interest free backed by the productive asset it is used to build, the greatest threat to them is the fact that we currently have in Kiwibank our own means of distribution!

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