Letter: Banner-waving just stupid idealism

Last updated 12:00 10/05/2012

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OPINION: The furore about some of Prime Minister John Key's measures to combat New Zealand's debt crisis can be compared to the peoples of France and Greece rejecting calls for austerity measures. We could bet that had our general election been this year, Mr Key would be gone.

It's a failing of democracy that politicians can get onside with voters by promising measures that are all but impossible to implement.

In our own case, most of our national infrastructure is archaic.

How can we upgrade our deteriorating systems - health, welfare (we have 250,000 kids in poverty), rail, roads, police and education - without some stringent measures?

How will we balance the books, deal with an ageing population, rebuild Christchurch, and upgrade neglected heritage buildings that, unattended, will kill people in the next big quake?

Banner-waving against partial asset sales, oil exploration, and coal mining is stupid, blinkered idealism. Where do these people think the money comes from?

Thank heaven we have a successful businessman as prime minister who makes policies based on practicality rather than what would be comfortable for New Zealanders and what would best keep him in power.

NICK SAULT

Wellington City

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