Don Brash: Man on a mission
Brash flies off to money meetings
Act Leader Don Brash left for London last night, in what was intended as a secret mission to discuss ways to fix the world's broken economy. He was to have been in an ANZ Bank corporate box for tonight's Rugby World Cup final. Instead, he will be at cruising altitude between Hong Kong and Heathrow, reliant on match updates from the pilot.
The Herald on Sunday editorial on this (which are surprisingly good editorials by the way - much to my shock) was torturous over Don's sterile leadership style that cringes at glad handling the punters at Rugby games but travels economy for economic wonk tank meetings with economists terrified the 4 horsemen of the financial ratings Apocalypse have all arrived early for a 'chat'.
You have to hand it to The Don, he's right. The growing Armageddon brewing in the markets has all the naked fear of a complete meltdown where words like catastrophic make their meaning truly known. That our attention has been caught by the pretty rugby games while genuine questions of economic structural reform are being asked should surprise no one, but hegemonic economic failure is the sort of shit that hits you no matter how much in denial you are.
The problem for Don is that it is his very free market deregulated low tax dogma that has caused the collapse inspired by venal corporate greed on Wall street in 2008 so asking him for more of the same failed economic philosophy to solve the current free market collapse is like getting medical advice from Tobacco lobbyists.
That throat burning acid reflux of rage you're feeling at the thought of free market architects being asked to come up with more loopy free market bullshit to solve the deregulated mess they're theories created in the first place, tells you that you're in flavour country.