The appointment of Roger Sutton as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has been widely welcomed as a good move and in the best interests of the region. From the little I’ve seen of him on telly I would tend to agree. He has the communication and leadership skills to bring great vision and drive to a very important organisation.
What a pity that our politicians don’t have the same skills. Words like self-serving, poll-driven and short-term thinking spring to mind when I hear a politician speak. The drive to retain power in a system that sees them facing the risk of being sacked every tthree years stunts their ability to think and act in the best interests of the country and its people.
I am of the view that New Zealand faces a disastrous economic future unless something drastic is done to sort out our problems. I’ve posted before about the economic impact of the leaky home crisis, the Christchurch earthquake and the meltdown of finance companies. These things, along with world economic conditions, will make life very hard for us all. But what are those responsible for managing all this doing? Making minor adjustments to things like student loans schemes and Kiwi Saver (but not their own super scheme I note somewhat cynically).
Perhaps we need to sideline the politicians and appoint a New Zealand Economic Recover Agency headed by someone like Roger Sutton?
Someone able to assess the situation, get a handle on the key factors plaguing this country and then make the hard decisions,not just short term, to help us make progress and get back to a reasonable standard of living. Not a political appointment, subject to three yearly changes of governments, but an enduring appointment (obviously with safeguards) of someone with vision and leadership skills to sort us out.
So bring on an NZERA. I’ll vote for that.