Otago politics professor warns of revolution over asset sales
It is the news the National Party didn’t want to hear: the more we know about asset sales, the more we hate the idea. Luckily for them, National MP’s didn’t have to read about it in the local media, because Fairfax didn’t bother reporting it.
At a public debate hosted by the University of Otago last night, a crowd of over 200 people crammed into St Paul’s Cathedral to hear the issue of Nationl’s plans to sell state assets debated by politicians and leading academics.
Of those 200, only ten (or five percent) supported asset sales at the beginning of the debate, and, after hearing the views of some highly informed New Zealanders, only five (two and a half percent) supported asset sales by the end of the evening.
In fact, respected academic Professor Robert Patman warned that the same social forces which brought down Arab dictators were now turning against ‘crony capitalism’ in western countries, as reported by Radio New Zealand this morning.
According to Professor Patman: “The idea that the Key Government, or any other government in this country, can hoodwink the public by talking about ‘mum and dad’ investors while effectively selling major state assets to a few big corporate interests, is in my judgement, likely to encounter increasingly stiff and widespread opposition”.
No wonder the National Party’s press didn’t want a bar of anything to do with this story.
The Otago Daily Times reported the debate, and even touched on Professor Patman’s chilling advice, but stopped short of reporting it honestly. For a more balanced report, check out Radio New Zealand from this morning.
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