Job summit really old boys network (you are on thin ice National)
Groups upset at missing out on Jobs Summit
Community groups and some small business sectors are upset that they have been left off the invitation list for Prime Minister John Key's Jobs Summit in Manukau on Friday. The guest list, released on Monday night, includes only three people from the community sector: Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson, Salvation Army social services director Campbell Roberts and a policy adviser for the disability group DPA, Wendi Wicks. Instead, 118 of the 194 invited are from the business sector - mostly from big businesses (62) and finance (22), but including 30 from smaller businesses and sector groups and four from state-owned enterprises. The rest are from central and local government, education and training organisations, unions, iwi groups and a handful of academics and researchers. The list includes 165 men and just 30 women. At least 20 are Maori, but only two are known to be of part-Pacific Island heritage: Rick Fala of the tap maker Methven and NZ Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr. Fletcher Building chief executive Jonathan Ling will be the sole flagbearer for the Asian community.
Wow, after making a couple of really shrewd moves, this is a really dumb one by National, by making the job summit look more like the old boys network than a actual representation of views from the employment sector (Labour aren’t even invited for crying out loud) National open themselves to real danger here. Let’s forget 11% or 14% unemployment rates, let’s just stick to 7% unemployment, think about that, we’re doubling our unemployment rate in a year, the social implications of that should keep us all up at night. Forget boy racers being rowdy or noisy, now imagine them as angry and hungry – we are going to have a sudden spike in crime, not caused by bored urban youth or hardened career criminals, it will be caused by need – that’s a very different social problem. And those causing crime because of need will end up in an excessively violent prison system that will only serve to brutalize those prisoners.
If National are seen to simply be ‘looking after their own’ in the face of the worst economic meltdown we’ve ever seen as a generation, there will be a deep, deep resentment. This isn’t smart politics at all.