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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Backroom Socialist Pushes Backdoor Socialism

Some time ago I profiled one of NZ's most influential socialists, Peter Harris .


This man was a long time associate of NZ's most influential Marxist-Leninist organisation, the pro-Soviet, Socialist Unity Party.

Peter Harris has played key roles in the union movement and the Labour Party. He has served as an economic advisor, to Minister of Finance, Michael Cullen, he sits on the Electricity Commission (with two other socialist leaning individuals), is an associate of the Department of Labour's, Partnership Resource Centre (riddled with former SUP types). He has chaired Michael Cullen's Savings Product Working Group.

Now he's at it again.

ACT MP Heather Roy recently questioned why Treasury officials were forced to take a back seat to a union economist when Cabinet considered allowing State Owned Enterprises to invest outside their core areas of business.

"Today in Parliament I asked why Peter Harris' word was trusted over that of Treasury officials", Mrs Roy said.

"Mr Harris - a well known PSA and CTU economist - was behind recommendations that SOEs should be able to invest outside their core areas of business.

"SOEs are companies owned by government, and funded with taxpayer money.

"Treasury was clearly concerned that SOEs had weak accountability disciplines, that Ministers with multiple objectives had difficulty selecting projects, and that money diverted by SOEs could provide a better return elsewhere.*

"Treasury are our experts on fiscal policy. Mr Harris' background reportedly includes the Labour Party's Policy Council, the Socialist Unity Party and Massey University.

"Yet Trevor Mallard accepted the word of his comrade over the advice of officials.

"If Government isn't going to listen to Treasury's advice, why do they even seek it?


New Zeal So Mr Harris is the driving force behind the proposal to allow SOE's to compete even more vigourously with the private sector?

Such a proposal, if fully implemented, will have huge implications for NZ's economy. Coupled with local government's rapid expansion since being granted "power of general competence", we are being Put well and truly back on the socialist road.

So here we have a man who used to write for Marxist-Leninist theoretical journals, who was an economic advisor to Mugabe's Zimbabwe, steering this country down the path of increased state control. This man has never been elected to any government post, yet has far more influence than most MPs.

No cause for concern is it? I can see why the mainstream media don't bother much examining Mr Harris' agenda. Silly of me to raise it really.

4 Comments:

Blogger He-Hole-ad said...

Trevor "I only behave like a thug" Mallard has no time for Treasury officials. Before the last election, when Labour released their interest-free student loan pledge, Treasury was asked to do some preliminary costings. When it eventually came to light that Treasury's costing were higher than the Labour party's, Mallard launched an attack on Treasury. He even put out a press release saying that they had got it wrong before (when no interest while studying was introduced) and therefore they know sh1t. Funnily enough it got quickly pulled from the beehive.govt.nz website.

From what I have heard of his behaviour outside of parliament, he does not broke (sp?) criticism or alternative viewpoints well.

I am fairly apolitical (well, I have right leaning bias but am pretty critical of all parties) but it I have notice that none of the Labour supporters have offered much by way of support for him, personally. It's hard not to come to the conclusion that he is a tool, in all senses of the word.

6:17 PM  
Blogger libertyscott said...

Trevor - this Labour government has started the trend in NZ, which the Blair government started in the UK, of using political advisors, because it could not trust public servants. It saw public servants as steeped in 15 years of neo-liberal economics and unfriendly to anything leftwing - the truth being that largely it was only Treasury, MED and MOT like that, with handfuls in other departments.

Heather Simpson of course is above them all, and above all but Helen

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Pieman said...

libertyscott: "All but Helen"? Surely you mean "All including Helen", given that Simpson is the one that really wears the pants in the Labour Party.

6:25 PM  
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