I had meant to comment on this earlier, but Christmas got in the way. In a Southland Express column pre-Xmas,
Gilbert Gottfried the Mayor had this to say:
As you can imagine, I have had literally hundreds of proposals sent in to the mayoral office on how we can improve Southland’s economy.
One of the best ideas was sent to me in 2003 by John Wright, a retired engineer. He believed that with global warming, the West Coast of the South Island would suffer regular flooding, and the Coast would suffer from regular droughts. He believed the answer was to drill 10 holes between the East Coast and the West Coast. It sounds a little over the top, but who would have guessed that Trade Me, which is little more than an online garage sale, would sell for $750 million and is now worth over $1 billion.
One of the best ideas? I shudder to think what the worst ones were. Drilling through a geological plate boundary is sheer
lunacy genius, and I can’t for the life of me understand why no-one has suggested it before. But wait, there’s more:
The rebuild of Christchurch and the 10 tunnels proposal would be a huge boost for the South Island for both the industrial sector and the agricultural sector.
So he wants everyone to move away from Invercargill to work on these projects? How exactly does that help the local economy?
Roosevelt’s New Deal approach to the economy certainly helped the United States and the world emerge from a deep depression.
New Zealand 2013 is a wee bit different to the United States in 1933, and let’s not forget the Depression was ended thanks to massive war spending when the USA entered WWII in 1941. Quite how drilling holes through active tectonic plates will prime the pump in Invercargill is anyone’s guess. The New Deal also brought a fair bit of fiscal conservatism. Perhaps the Kremlin would do well to concentrate on that aspect.
I would like a review done of all of New Zealand’s Think Big projects so that we can make a cost benefit analysis. The challenge of what direction our economy is going in needs to be debated by all sectors and at least in Invercargill, we’ve made a start.
Made a start? I am starting to think these columns are ghost-written by three people who don’t know each other, cut into pieces, and re-arranged at random. There’s no other explanation, unless he’s thinking of running as the local candidate for Social Credit at the next election….