NEW RIGHT HISTORY IN NEW ZEALAND POLITICS
The New Right gained power in 1984 with a little help from their friends and again in 1990 when most New Zealanders thought the 'reforms' were over and done with, it seemed like nothing had changed. State asset sales, privatisation, workers rights being trampled on, highest youth suicide rate in the world, the gap between rich and poor growing wider by the day.
Who are they? How come the 'Left' and 'Right' Governments had the same destructive policies.
Who is the 'Hidden Face' of the New Right in 2011 and are they poised to make a comeback after the general election? When and if National / Act win and claim to have been given a mandate to 'sell our publicly owned assets'.
The New Right "Reforms"
In 1984 one of the most radical social experiments of the Twentieth Century was inflicted upon ordinary New Zealanders.
Beginning when the Labour Party took power and continuing under the National Government in 1990, the most radical "free market reforms" in the world were applied to almost every aspect of life in our country.
The reforms are modelled upon, but much more radical than those Margaret Thatcher introduced into Britain. Thus, such groups as the World Trade Organisation, the OECD, and the IMF and World Bank, in near-orgasmic cries of delight, have proclaimed New Zealand to be "the most free country in the world."
The reports of New Zealand's economic success are all lies. The only "freedom" in the country at that time, was that enjoyed by financiers and speculators to loot the stored-up wealth created by generations of New Zealanders past.
During this time Youth Suicide skyrocketed, "New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the Western world; since 1985, the rate at which its youth are killing themselves has doubled." (State of the World's Children Report, UNICEF 1993) See Graph
The living standard of the average New Zealander, as measured in per household market basket consumption of physical goods, fell rapidly. By 1996, one in every six New Zealanders were living under the poverty line, in a country where poverty had been generally unheard of (at least among New Zealanders of European descent), before 1994.
Unemployment and part-time employment (under 20 hours a week) soared to 32%, this in a country where unemployment was almost nonexistent before 1984!
New Zealand's foreign debt rocketed from $16.359 billion at the start of the reforms, to over $74 billion by 1996; A bit of a sick joke, as cutting down the debt was the proclaimed chief motivation for carrying out the reforms in the first place. John Key is already saying selling assets to lessen debt - sound familiar?
New Zealand businesses collapsed at the fastest rate in our country's history, victims of the unprecedented speculative bubble which sucked the life-blood out of productive industries and farms.
Decimation of the Health Sector
But the impact of the free-market "reforms" has been the most dramatic in the health sector. Under that sector's partial "privatisation," public hospitals closed, hospital beds per capita have been slashed, and hundreds of this country's most senior nurses were sacked or forced into retirement or other jobs.
The cutbacks were so savage that as of 1997 there were over 94.000 New Zealanders languishing on official waiting lists for operations and some 100,000 more who need them are not even allowed on the lists! These health care "reforms" have succeeded in killing our fellow New Zealanders. As the victorious allies hung Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg ~ that they "knew or should have known" that their policies were responsible for mass murder, so the New Right must know that their policies were responsible for what was taking place in New Zealand.
More New Right policies from the 1990s that continue to adversely affect New Zealanders
"Leaky building" crisis,
Increasingly, our police struggle to do their number one job of fighting crime. New Right policies saw police numbers "cut by 540 and funding cut back when National last in office" Hon George Hawkins 8/2/2005.
The amalgamation of our police with traffic officers at the same time, gave the impression of more police, but the end result was any motor vehicle accident would further lessen the police ability to be where they were needed for crime fighting.
It has been suggested in some quarters that racial tension and fear of crime is a tool used by the New Right to keep the peoples minds on other things while their agenda is put in place.
In December 2009 the Police Commisioner Howard Broad announced that new specialist traffic officers will be used to issue speeding tickets as he was "quite uncomfortable"with fully sworn police being used for road policing, as they were often just "sitting there with their radar gun". NZ Herald 10-12-09
This may be a move in the right direction, but until the sworn police numbers are increased to the point they can respond quickly to an emergency and fight crime effectively, it could be seen as just freeing police from the stigma associated with "revenue collecting".
Until the merger, the public had greater respect for the police as the only dealings they had with them was as victims of crime.
The New Right inspired deregulation of the building industry certification process has caused heartbreak and financial loss for many New Zealand families who once again are the victims of governments putting ideology before people.
New Right Puppets
A "perfect storm"of deregulated labour markets, the downgrading of apprenticeships, monolithic cladding techniques and unsuitable new building designs all contributed to the construction of an estimated 80,000 leaky homes.
There was growing evidence of links between damp and mouldy homes and the development of respiratory symptoms..... Professor Howden-chapman, Otago University.
This crisis may have been averted if the National Government of the time had made insurance compulsory so that the homeowner got a guaranteed 10 year cover for any failure of the certifying process. Home owners futures destroyed and no accountability for the Government.
When the New Zealand public finally realised the damage being caused by the New Right (Mont Pelerin policies) they overwhelmingly voted the Labour Government out of office in 1990 expecting the incoming National Government to bring things back to normal, especially as they had campaigned against the policies that Labours' finance minister Roger Douglas had brought in during their term. However, New Zealander's were to learn a huge lesson the hard way.
Why Australians have higher wages
Things were not about to change, in fact when Ruth Richardson took over as finance minister, the New Right (Mont Pelerin) revolution escalated and the "Labour Market Reforms" were rammed through. The infamous Employments Contracts Act of 1991 became the New Right weapon to destroy employee's collective bargaining strength and lower the incomes of New Zealand families.
It was during this time (1984 to 1999) under successive governments that the Australian wages increased by 61% over the New Zealand workers wages. Since 1999 when the New Right policies were put to rest, the difference has been only 1% in wage growth. But the damage has already been done and if we allow another New Right (Mont Pelerin) puppet government in again our families will suffer further.
How Come Nothing Changed
How could it be that a Labour (Left) Government is thrown out and replaced by a National (Right) Government and yet the slash and burn policies stay the same, What the average New Zealander never realised was that there was no such thing as "Rogernomics" or "Ruthanasia" just as there was no "Thatcherism," these are simply the names given to the New Right (Mont Pelerin) policies being rammed through by successive finance ministers and other puppets, almost as if to divorce the policies from their original common source.
Roger and Ruth, more in common than just finance
National's Ruth Richardson's New Right policies were exactly the same as Labour's Roger Douglas' New Right policies because they were policies driven by the Mont Pelerin Society. It should have been no surprise, in 1989 a Mont pelerin front group the Centre for Independent Studies organised a conference in Christchurch to review progress of deregulation and privatisation of New Zealand. The keynote speaker was Roger Douglas and he was warmly supported by Ruth Richardson: so there they were together, Labour's Roger and National's Ruth united in their New Right faith.
No more "Left" versus "Right"
Roger Douglas was a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, as was Roger Kerr of the Business Roundtable. However Ruth Richardson was not, as late as 1996 in the words of Lord Harris, longtime head of the Mont Pelerin's main think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. "But Ruth Richardson isn't a member, but she used to come over here and extract ideas and so forth" This has all changed, when she was replaced as finance minister by Bill Birch, Ruth Richardson left National and joined the ACT party which had been started by Roger Douglas, She became, not only a Mont Pelerin Member, but a director of that society.
The ACT party is at this time, trying to convince New Zealanders to vote for them and get Roger Douglas back into Parliament, preferably as finance minister in a National/ ACT coalition government. The New Right NEVER GIVE UP!
Back in the 2005 New Zealand General election, the leader of the National Party was the former Reserve Bank governor, Don Brash who had been introduced to politics by Roger Kerr of the Business Roundtable. Don Brash was looked on as a rather honest if naive politician but was ousted when leaked emails showed he had dealings with a group of Exclusive Brethren Millionaires who were waging a campaign against the Greens even though he denied he had. In a speech in London in 1996, Don Brash said "I was involved with Roger Douglas from the beginning of the reforms …and they were never completed. The New Right NEVER GIVE UP! Who have they chosen THIS TIME?
The average New Zealander can't possibly know who the next New Right puppet will be, but one thing they can be sure of, is that that person will be saying anything, offering everything to ensure they get elected and once the New Right get into power, it will be 1984 all over again.
National's Ruth Richardson's New Right policies were exactly the same as Labour's Roger Douglas' New Right policies because they were given to them by the Business Roundtable who in turn had received them from the Mont Pelerin Society, a London based group of the very rich who have descended from the land owning nobles who had peasants farming their lands while they lived the high life, and they kept the peasants in their place by ensuring they never had the means to improve their lot. Unfortunately for them, the industrial revolution gave these peasants the chance to improve their lot, which took a huge amount of power from the ruling class. The aim of this society is to destroy the middle class (or the middle income earner) and bring back the two-class society. The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Poorer is no myth, it is by design and it is happening!
Keep the New Right out of power
The New Right have lost their grip on New Zealand since the Election of the fourth Labour Government in 1999, but they have never given up, why would they? They have too much to gain. Out of $15.322 billion worth of privatised former New Zealand state assets, companies connected with the Mont Pelerin Society's main New Zealand front, the Business Roundtable, bought an astounding $12.542 billion, or about 82% of the total. No wonder they are fervent believers in Mont Pelerin's "free market" which has so handsomely lined their pockets, while destroying the nation
Who Is The Mont Pelerin Society ?
The MMP voting system has made it harder for single political parties to have an overwhelming majority and this has made it harder for the New Right to implement their agenda.
Watch out for new moves to re-introduce 'First past the post' voting again.
This looting and destruction of the nation-state of New Zealand was planned and implemented by the London-based Mont Pelerin Society.
In 1947, Mont Pelerin founder von Hayek lamented that the war had drastically strengthened nation-states, which must be replaced, he said, with the classic, anti-state free trade "liberalism" of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.
Many of those continental Europeans present, like von Hayek, carried the prefix "von" before their surnames, signifying that they came from the noble families which had governed Europe for centuries.
Mont Pelerin shared the same "conservative revolution" philosophy as the Nazis. It also shared some of the same personnel. For instance, Max von Thurn und Taxis was a sponsor of von Hayek and his new society. Thurn und Taxis' family had founded another society in southern Germany before World War 1, which was composed entirely of aristocrats, known as the Thule Society. Thule in turn formed a special "workers division" known as the "National Socialist German Workers Party" (NSDAP). The NSDAP, into which an Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler was recruited, later became better known by the abbreviated version of its name, the "Nazis." In 1989, Max von Thurn und Taxis attended a meeting of his Mont Pelerin Society in Christchurch, New Zealand, to judge, first hand, the results of the "worlds most radical free market revolution."