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Hard News: Mike Moore: A pretty ordinary rooster

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  • Kumara Republic, in reply to andin,

    If Espiner's going for a theme in his interviews maybe it would be looking back with regret. Has he done three? It's all very nice for the interviewee to talk freely
    Whatever constrained them before now?

    But we are living still with the consequences of these interviewee's , now regretted, decisions, choice of political direction.
    As welcome as their change of heart is. There were a lot of other voices, for a long time prior, warning against where it would lead.
    Do they now think what they did amounts to an abuse of power, or was it just more mind numbing bumbling humanity...

    The Great Recession might have been the turning point for the post-Cold War neo-liberal 'consensus' that the interview subjects adhered to in the past - just as the Oil Crises were for the Bretton Woods system - and more recently the Brexit vote and President Trump.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5341 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    I dont know if I care when the 'turning point' was. These interviewee's arent suffering from their fucked ideas and decisions, but a lot of people still are and probably will for a long time to come.

    I'm finding it hard to care about their change of heart. To me it just words they throw out there to try and make themselves look more caring, than they ever acted when they were in power

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1659 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to andin,

    I dont know if I care when the 'turning point' was. These interviewee's arent suffering from their fucked ideas and decisions, but a lot of people still are and probably will for a long time to come.

    I'm finding it hard to care about their change of heart. To me it just words they throw out there to try and make themselves look more caring, than they ever acted when they were in power

    Mike Moore still seems unapologetic about his Third Wayism despite the Brexitrump tsunami. Meanwhile Bill Birch was on RNZ the other day, and he remains unrepentant - not just about the Employment Contracts Act, but also Think Big. He's simply gotten away with too much. Same goes for Ruth Richardson, and I suspect Jenny Shipley will be the same when her segment comes up.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5341 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to andin,

    I’m finding it hard to care about their change of heart.

    Yeah, I suspect with MM it's really all about there being no money anymore in speaking engagements about the success of 'New Zealand experiment' ... and hence the change of tack.

    Here's Jane Kelsey in 1999 on the bandwagon Moore was at the forefront of at the time:

    The message is very clear: Even if the New Zealand economy has shown signs of recovering, many of the people have not. Yet the New Zealand experiment is now being hailed by the World Bank, the OECD, and other like-minded guardians of the global economy as a "success story" and a model for the rest of the world. What they are really applauding, however, is the unimpeded imposition of an ideological model to which they adhere--regardless of its social and economic consequences.

    http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/apfail.htm.

    Palmerston North • Since Sep 2014 • 764 posts Report Reply

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