Jacinda Ardern – This Is Our Plan

The Government’s Priorities For New Zealand

Peters is up first. He is doing a Trump, saying that the media don’t tell the public what the Government  are doing.

“The first true MMP government” – that’s repeated nonsense.

Otherwise it’s a general revision of what the Government is doing in relation to NZ First policies, tree planting and Pacific foreign affairs. It sounds like an election speech – dissing the last Government.

A key priority over the next twelve months will be a Super Gold Card.

There will be twelve priorities.

Now a video of what they have achieved so far. More PR promotional PR pap.

Ardern repeats “we have the most pure form of MMP that we have ever had”.


Here’s their press release:

Priorities for a modern and fairer NZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced 12 priorities in a long-term plan that will drive the Government’s ongoing work programme in a major speech delivered in Auckland today.

The plan is the first of its kind since the introduction of MMP; setting out a comprehensive set of priorities across a wide range of economic, social and cultural areas and agreed to by all parties that are part of the Government.

“The Coalition Government’s long-term plan is a blueprint which sets out our priorities and the steps we are taking to build a more modern and fairer New Zealand that we can all be proud of,” said Jacinda Ardern.

“This plan represents our shared vision and priorities; Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. It establishes the foundation for the Government’s work and includes issues of particular importance to each of the parties which are supported by all of them.

“Our Government has a firm eye on the future. That’s why our plan is looking 30 years ahead, not just three.

“We are a government of change and this plan shows our new thinking on how we’ll tackle the big challenges facing our country and the world such as poverty and inequality and climate change.

“This Government is taking a different approach to the issues we think are important. Our priorities go beyond just having a strong economy; to include ensuring our children don’t live in poverty, our houses are warm and dry, our regions are supported, our climate is protected and the Crown and Maori have strong relationships. We only succeed as a country when all of us are doing well.

“The plan and our priorities will be the guiding force of the Government. Cabinet committees will play a role by working to ensure budget bids meet the priorities, and that our programmes are being delivered and are making a difference. Cabinet will remain the ultimate guardian of the priorities and the documents.

“Every New Zealander can clearly see what the Government is doing and what our priorities are. While not everything we will do is listed, it provides certainty on our direction and the issues we are focused on.

“We have delivered significant change and progress in our first year. Our plan sets out our coalition’s path for unlocking the potential of our country and taking New Zealand forward.”

Note: Go to www.beehive.govt.nz/ourplan for electronic copies of all Our Plan materials, including the proactive release of relevant Cabinet paper and minutes.

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Very disappointing. It was lacking in detail or anything new. It looks like a PR repackaging of what they are doing.

Even the questions at the end were carefully orchestrated for what were probably pre-prepared replies.

It looked and sounded like the launch of an election campaign.

I doubt that media will be happy with this. They have been sidelined even more than the Greens (Shaw got to answer one patsy question I think).

91 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  September 16, 2018

    Did Simon discover whose stabbing him in his back…go Jacinda a real PM

    • Ray

       /  September 16, 2018

      Is that a squirrel?
      You can surely do better Lurch!

      So almost a year in and it is still all talk and think tanks.
      Someone should remind these people that it is a three year election cycle not an automatic nine years.
      And of that three years if you don’t have it bedded in two it won’t get done.

      ,

      • High Flying Duck

         /  September 16, 2018

        Worse than that Ray, almost a year and she has simply rehashed what they said a year ago as if it is all brand new.
        It was a flash presentation of:
        “A year in and we will do what we said we would do 12 months ago, but haven’t quite gotten around to!”
        And it ignored the actual issues the government has of lack of transparency, no communication and an inability to even get their agenda properly organised in the house.

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        They will be focussing on outcomes, not outputs. Jacs & co were emphatic about that.

        Which is great. That’s what we & the Government were doing when I was in my final years in the public service in 2007. Clark Administration. They were emphatic about that.

        One outcome of that period was that in my department we were chronically thrown into chaos & confusion by complete & partial departmental internal restructurings every 3-5 years.

        Outcomes were talked about continually, as were stretch goals & objectives (you must always do more with less. In your yearly planning you cannot include anything which must be done but which is not a key outcome. You cannot produce a personal work plan that you know you can meet. It must stretch you. If you can’t meet it, you must be doing something wrong.)

        This is why I never went back even on the pretty juicy contract offered when my wife passed away. Nothing had changed under National – they’d been restructured again as well. I was fed up with it. Most of the people worth working with were gone. So were they.)

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 16, 2018

    Blah blah blah blah same old guff blah blah blah…..JA puts on earnest face, does handwaving, repeats stale old rhetoric…

    A Super Gold Card ? What a novel idea.

    • PDB

       /  September 16, 2018

      Wait until next year’s ‘super, super goldcard’!

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 16, 2018

        …and 2020’s super, super, super goldcard ! 😀

    • lurcher1948

       /  September 16, 2018

      A BETTER GOLD CARD and you lot are paying for it, GOOD ONE Winston

  3. Blazer

     /  September 16, 2018

    OCD…

    Jacinda Ardern – This Is Our Plan
    Ardern’s ‘Coalition Reset’ speech
    Gayford tries to defend Ardern’s no show on Nation & Q+A
    Bridges steps up after Ardern drops out of Newshub Nation
    Handley de-jobbed, Government de-monied, Ardern statements debatable

    Spin winds up as Labour battles
    ‘Labour has been outsmarted and outmanoeuvred

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      It’s a political blog.
      When National as in government & stuffed up or told porkies it looked the same except Mrs Sir John didn’t get involved.

  4. Pink David

     /  September 16, 2018

    It’s quite curious that that ‘plan’ document doesn’t contain any actual plan, but does have 6 photos of Jacinda Ardern in two pages.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  September 16, 2018

      “Hold my beer” she said before launching into another round of platitudes and cliches.
      It was a tough watch and offered more of the same mindless drivel.
      Be interesting if the media fall for it this time.

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        The left hand scrolling onscreen comments were distracting. Started out mixed luv yous & hate yous ended up mostly hearts from girls or women I think. Didn’t really learn any thing new. Real PR snow job, not surprised done via facebook. Monday will be tougher when hard questions come up post Cabinet. Where’s all the money for this incredible wonderfulness we’re heading into coming from I kept thinking? Is it coming from more publc servants? That was fuzzy?

        • High Flying Duck

           /  September 16, 2018

          I just watched it from this post – no comments, just Jacinda in all her faded glory. My mind kept wandering back to Danyl’s Spinoff article I posted under your comment elsewhere…

          • Gezza

             /  September 16, 2018

            She’s nervous, HFD.

            • Gezza

               /  September 16, 2018

              I watched it from the post here too but it opened my facebook app & the scrolling comments were happening : I thort I may as well let them go rather than fiddle around trying to find out how to stop them. I just caught the start of her speech. Thanks for that, btw, PG.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  September 16, 2018

              I get the feeling she really enjoys speechifying and touting ideas.
              I also get the feeling she has no idea how to implement and has no concept of opportunity cost or unintended consequences.

            • Gezza

               /  September 16, 2018

              I get the feeling every available female & spare male party member or supporter who wasnt there or trapped in a lift with no internet access was briefed & ready on duty at home or in cafes or wherever & banging in luv you, you’re a wonderful leader, u r so caring, & national r haters, plus animated hearts, like mad bastards. Some names kept on appearing again & again.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 16, 2018

              How did you see those ?

            • Gezza

               /  September 16, 2018

              I’m on my little iPad2 Kitty. When I clicked on PG’s link it opened up my Facebook app, & when it slowly cranked open the performance (luckily just in time to hear it all) all the little short comments were streaming up the left side. There’s a setting somewhere you have to switch off to get rid of them. They were annoying but I could see Jacs & co & I could hear them all fine, so I left them. I just glanced every now & then @ what comments were scrolling past & they started to look very scripted.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 16, 2018

          What was all the drivel about it looking as if she was on a mountain (tee hee hee) but she was just (tee hee hee) gedding reddy to talk aboud all three pardies (tee hee hee) and wanted questions for a q & a,,,,(tee hee hee) JA wobbling around, face right in the camera as if this was a home video and she’d never used a camera before…..

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 16, 2018

            i didn’t see the lovey comments; they were probably put on by Labour.

            It seemed to be very much the mixture as before; all hui and no do-ey.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 16, 2018

              As anyone who’s been to such a do knows what the preparation looks like, I saw no point in showing that…I can’t count the times that I have seen that in reality, and it’s only interesting if you’re actually there.

            • lurcher1948

               /  September 16, 2018

              KITTY how are things in Britain as it slowly goes down a dirty toilet, pity my son lives in londonstan,

  5. A lacklustre response from The Standard so far. alwyn puts his neck out:

    Well I can tell you where she got that speech from.
    She gave it to her school in the speech competition when she was 16. It went down a treat. Finest performance of her life.
    That report from the Herald is a joke isn’t it?
    Nobody could seriously consider this to be a major political speech and plan by an adult politician could they? It will be about as effective as the effort of Shearer’s in taking a couple of fish into Parliament at Question Time.
    Platitudes, platitudes and more platitudes.

    https://thestandard.org.nz/prime-minister-arderns-coalition-reset-speech/#comment-1525445

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 16, 2018

      So just aspirational platitudes as I forcast then. Glad I gave it a miss.

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      I’m surprised he’s still allowed on the premises at TS. I used to like Alwyn. Often didn’t agree with him but he always seemed to well tolerated there. I hardly visit TS these days. There were a couple of other righties who used to be tolerated & put up opposing views, but I can’t remember their monikers off hand.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  September 16, 2018

        The popular myth that all right wing views are censored at The Standard is not borne out by a quick read of recent posts. James, Wayne, Stunned Mullet, Chris T, Chuck, and Puckish Rogue are just some of the contingent of righties who comment currently. One of our regulars here at YNZ was recently banned at TS although I couldn’t possibly say who…

        • Gezza

           /  September 16, 2018

          Thanks snowy. The other ones I was trying to remember were James & Puckish Rogue. Those 3 I mention were always good, rational, articulate, sensible commenters & debaters, from memory. Those others listed maybe are too, but I’d usually always read any input from those 3.

        • Gezza

           /  September 16, 2018

          Can you hint?

        • Chuck Bird

           /  September 16, 2018

          I have not commented at the Standard for a long time and never regularly.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 16, 2018

      We’re referencing…The Standard?
      How far you have fallen, Pete!

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        It’s adults time now robert.

        • lurcher1948

           /  September 16, 2018

          They say that on kiwiblog then proceed to dribble

          • Gezza

             /  September 16, 2018

            I never go there. Don’t read the comments. Too many robert types. They really all need a playskool site.

      • I’ve often referenced the Standard, for about seven years. I’ve always believed in and practices cross-blog posting and discussions. That’s one of the strengths of the Internet.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  September 16, 2018

    I guess Katie didn’t get the pre-prepared script for journalists to write up after the event

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 16, 2018

      How can someone PRE-prepare something ? If it’s prepared, it’s already ‘pre’.

      • robertguyton

         /  September 16, 2018

        With you, Kitty! “Pre-prepared” ‘p’s me right off!

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 16, 2018

          One can hardly POST-prepare a thing… it’s a witless phrase. There’s another one like it, but I can’t remember it.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  September 16, 2018

        You can be prepared for questions. In this case the questions were prepared prior. Or pre if you will.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 16, 2018

          Preparation is by definition done in advance. Pre-preparation is nonsensical.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 16, 2018

          Pre is not a word, it’s a prefix.

    • Corky

       /  September 16, 2018

      Where’s the coffee table? Where are decent chairs? Hell, even people getting pissed in my shed look more regal than this.

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        Not everyone has a bloody Bentley parked outside their shed like you do, Corks.

        • Corky

           /  September 16, 2018

          Its about perceptions. They looked like a bunch of nobodies.

          • Gezza

             /  September 16, 2018

            Only to the status conscious. They are NOT the people who voted for these good folk of the Shire. This shows they have the common touch. They are just ordinary, down home people like everybody but those horrible uncaring National voters or people who would be except no Muslim ban so not voting. Or whatever.

            This performance is a very transparent, carefully orchestrated, professionally crafted & thoroughly rehearsed major attempt at damage control. It’s why they went out via Facebook, imo – I’ve explained my theory below.

            1ewes saw it & characterised it for what it was & why it was done, and Peter Williams’s headline intro said it was a rehash of their old stuff with no new policy & followed recent train wrecks showing apparent total dysfunction (or words to that general effect). Peter Williams was smirkingly if politely unimpressed. Even Giggles Bradford had a bit of a chuckle at its transparency – “no new policy since “Febry”.”

  7. High Flying Duck

     /  September 16, 2018

    Well National don’t seem to have bought into the hype:

    • Blazer

       /  September 16, 2018

      colour me ..surprised …Judith,Chris and Paula are not…impressed!

      • PDB

         /  September 16, 2018

        They do have a point though – this just appeared amateurish and fake. No wonder Peters didn’t want to sit up there and answer patsy questions.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 16, 2018

      Judith’s a … brute. Why do you take notice of the declarations of… brutes?

    • Corky

       /  September 16, 2018

      Damn fine Tory women telling it like it is.

  8. PDB

     /  September 16, 2018

    A bit of a dud really – I do hope next year’s ‘coalition reset’ is a bit better.

  9. David

     /  September 16, 2018

    Well that totally met my expectations.

  10. Gezza

     /  September 16, 2018

    So this is where Curran was heading? The NZL tRump solution?

    The tv MSM in particular can be lethal if you lie to or piss them off. Avoid them. Go out via Facebook where you can control the message totally & ignore, carefully ponder replies to – or just delete awkward comments or questions etc? Especially if you’re pitching strongly to the social media generation?

  11. Corky

     /  September 16, 2018

    Couldn’t help noticing the difference in reportage between One news and Three News.

    One News was sanitized. Three News ripped into this band of merry socialists..especially Tova.

    Unfortunately my fears became reality- they interviewed Bridges who looked like Billy Bunter.
    Thankfully TV1 coverage of Bridges was benign compared with the other channels.

    • lurcher1948

       /  September 16, 2018

      Whose”Bridges”???

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      1ewes – Peter Williams smirked at it throughout. Giggles tried to do a little defending of it but Peter didn’t let her really get away with it by asking her a couple of question getting her to confirm it was basically fluff, like he’d said at the outset. Simon said the obvious same thing in the 2 second clip he got, but he’s a bit wooden & nobody knows what he’s got yet.

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        I better have a look at threen ewes.

        • Gezza

           /  September 16, 2018

          Bugger I can’t find & access a link to their newshub at 6 programme to see the full coverage. I watched Bridges comments. Christ. That awful bloody slow, plodding, whining nasal drone got up my flaming nose. Flaming worse than a fingernail on a blackboard. And it goes on and on like a mechanical grinder. Bloody awful. For the first toime ever I thought: “Jesus, this is horrible to listen to – that actually made him sound bloody retarded.”

          • Gezza

             /  September 16, 2018

            Listening to Bridges on three makes me think Jacs & co have still got more than a fighting chance at the next election. Imagine how Bridges will go down with anyone but dyed-in-the-wool, hard core, National voters droning on in our living rooms like that. Total turnoff. Then thinking – our next PM? Nah!

          • Gezza

             /  September 16, 2018

            Ok I found out I needed to sign up to see three news or newshub or whatever, I’m confused about what’s three, 3, & Newshub these days when it comes to banging in a google search. All 3 options come up. Weirdos.

  12. robertguyton

     /  September 16, 2018

    What a whine-fest here at yournz!

    “She outlined 12 priority outcomes in the areas of the economy, wellbeing and government leadership.

    She said they reflected contributions from each of the parties and reiterated the commitments set out in documents such as the coalition and confidence in supply agreements created after the election last year.

    Ardern called the plan the “first of its kind since the introduction of MMP; setting out a comprehensive set of priorities across a wide range of economic, social and cultural areas and agreed to by all parties that are part of the Government.

    “The Coalition Government’s long-term plan is a blueprint which sets out our priorities and the steps we are taking to build a more modern and fairer New Zealand that we can all be proud of,” she said.

    The priorities are:

    Build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy
    o Grow & share New Zealand’s prosperity
    o Deliver responsible governance with a broader measure of success
    o Support thriving & sustainable regions
    o Transition to a Clean, Green and Carbon Neutral New Zealand

    Improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families
    o Ensure everyone is earning, learning, caring or volunteering
    o Support healthier, safer, & more connected communities
    o Ensure everyone has a warm, dry home
    o Make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

    Providing new leadership by Government
    o Deliver transparent, transformative and compassionate Government
    o Build closer partnerships with Maori
    o Value who we are as a country
    o Create an international reputation we can be proud of

    “This plan represents our shared vision and priorities; Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. It establishes the foundation for the Government’s work and includes issues of particular importance to each of the parties which are supported by all of them, Ardern said.

    “Our Government has a firm eye on the future. That’s why our plan is looking 30 years ahead, not just three.”

    Ardern said that while not everything was listed, New Zealanders could clearly see what the Government was doing and what its priorities were, and provided certainty on its direction and the issues it was focused on.

    The plan will be reviewed every six months, to see how it is tracking, with the first review due in February 2019.

    Ardern referenced the recent differences of opinion between the coalition partners, saying “perhaps it’s because we have never had a government quite like ours that we cause a little bit of chat.

    “It should come as no surprise though, that as three distinct parties, we will have different opinions and ideas. Those didn’t begin and nor did they end at the negotiating table.”
    Ardern said the world was changing and it was important New Zealand was not left behind.

    “It’s a whole new world we’re moving into, everyone knows that. Digital transformation, the future of work, climate change, social isolation and the long term impacts of poverty.

    “When you elected us, you didn’t just tell us to govern, you asked us to fix existing problems, anticipate emerging ones, and to make sure we weren’t caught off guard because we had done neither. You asked us to make sure New Zealand wasn’t left behind.”

    Ardern said there had been an undercurrent that resulted in the Government deciding to do things differently.

    “We decided that there was a place in government for concepts like compassion and kindness. That being active and intervening from time to time was a good thing. And that if there was ever a time to be bold and to use our voice on the world stage, it was now.”
    TS has better summations.

  13. robertguyton

     /  September 16, 2018

    Ad said:
    “20
    16 September 2018 at 2:40 pm
    “We are three parties who agree on what has to change and what we can do better.”

    ..

    “That’s why with this plan, we are going to keep doing this.”

    So.

    I’m just going to talk about what I liked about it.

    Everything.

    This leader knows and shows what the priorities are.
    She is telling us what the extent of the work and the priorities of the work, and the intended results of the work.

    The only comparative plan from the last 30 years is the Growth and Innovation Framework from the first term of the Clark government. Neither Bolger nor Key governments generated a speech or a plan anywhere near as substantive or far-reaching as this one.

    Everything this government does is read by them – and now us – through the lens of three work areas, and the subgroups within them. They are:

    Build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy
    o Grow & share New Zealand’s prosperity
    o Deliver responsible governance with a broader measure of success
    o Support thriving & sustainable regions
    o Transition to a Clean, Green and Carbon Neutral New Zealand

    Improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families
    o Ensure everyone is earning, learning, caring or volunteering
    o Support healthier, safer, & more connected communities
    o Ensure everyone has a warm, dry home
    o Make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

    Providing new leadership by Government
    o Deliver transparent, transformative and compassionate Government
    o Build closer partnerships with Maori
    o Value who we are as a country
    o Create an international reputation we can be proud of

    I would also hope that these themes also structure the 2019-2020 budget and successive budgets, so that the work programmes comes with the required funding.

    There’s probably too many bullet points for a pledge card apropos Clark – but they’re not intended for that. They’re intended to organize a long term government.” TS

    • Pink David

       /  September 17, 2018

      “That’s why with this plan, we are going to keep doing this.”

      Definition of a plan;

      A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with details of timing and resources, used to achieve an objective to do something.

      Your government has posted a list of (fuzzy) objectives. It has in no way published a plan.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 17, 2018

        Worse than that. It doesn’t have a plan. The Budget demonstrated it is just drifting along under National’s momentum.

  14. Alloytoo

     /  September 16, 2018

    Just one little question.

    Assuming this had any merit why bury it’s on the one day worse than Friday Evening?

    Especially on day after the All Blacks have lost. Most adults were nursing headaches and probably driving home from their weekend activities.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 16, 2018

      Because the date for the speech was pre-booked? Hard to have that the All Blacks would lose.

      • Alloytoo

         /  September 17, 2018

        Prebooked for a time invisible to the Nation? The supposed diary SAFU, created by this debacle probably generated more negative press than this dog and pony show created positive.

        • Gezza

           /  September 17, 2018

          Yes that’s my view. The 4 people I’ve talked to about this last month’s political shamble off-blog, all anti-National, Peters critics, & pro-Labour, 1 female, 3 male, buy the Labour vision & think it would be better than the winners & losers ethos they perceive to be National government & voters’ worldview – but they know Jacinda’s lied & obfuscated, & that disappoints them – except the female: she doesn’t care because National are horrible, and they lie, full stop. And they don’t like Peters because he’s made Jacinda look weak. Like me, they notice prices are going up & that the vision looks expensive & nothing concrete in the way of any real positive outcomes except the Winter Energy Payment has occurred. They’re still committed to anybody but a National government but not convinced Labour knows what it’s doing.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 17, 2018

          Wouldn’t be surprised if Winston manoevred her into this timeslot to bury her idea and display of leadership.

          • alloytoo

             /  September 17, 2018

            The time and medium do appear especially chosen to avoid disturbing Winston’s constituents.

  15. robertguyton

     /  September 16, 2018

    Hard to have known

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      It’s been a public shambles. Jacinda got caught out lying. Badly. The msm are now on watch for Friday dumps looking for sensationalist headlines. This is a sweet speech. It is pretty much already all known. It was delivered in a safe space.

      The focus will be on outcomes & any more public disagreements. Peters didn’t look enthusiastic or committed. James looked & sounded awkward.

      It might be the wake up call they all needed to get their acts together & ducks in a row before snnouncing intent or policy not signed on the dotted line by everyone because one of them can’t be trusted to play ball.

      The best thing they’ve got going for them at the moment is Bridges.

      Outcomes are key, as they say. No more hidden taxes are important. Outcomes means things like :

      Prison numbers & remands down
      Violent crime down. If this one goes up, watch out.

      I hope it works. Net taxpayers & consumers are the source of money for all this coming investment in development. They are the ones who may decide the next election.

  16. David

     /  September 17, 2018

    I watched a clip of her speaking, what the hell it sounded like she was about to ask everyone to buy Amway, I cringed a bit at how much it was forced.

    • Blazer

       /  September 17, 2018

      Amway the ‘American Way’…already had a P.M peddling ..that.

    • Gezza

       /  September 17, 2018

      Someone described it as a Ted Talk. To me it was an attempt at Steve Jobs.

  17. Gerrit

     /  September 17, 2018

    If the copy and paste from Guyton are correct, the speech is nothing but a mission statement that any political party would publish.

    (sarc tag on) Feelz good, feelz lovey dovey, feelz inclusive, yes oh yes “let’s do this”. (sarc tag off)

    Note the absence off measurable outcomes in each of those mission statement bullet points. Where are the measurable outcomes?

    Next step will be the action steps taken to achieve the mission statement for which measurable outcomes are an absolute necessity.

    The conflict between the parties will be within the action steps.

    This speech is a nothing statement and no wonder Peters is not impressed and looked bored.

    Sure a mission statement impresses the likes of the faithful Guyton, but seriously this mission statement is something to get existed about?

    Nah, lets see the action steps and budget to achieve.

    • Gezza

       /  September 17, 2018

      This vision might be achievable by an efficient, effective government of Ministers who were all highly intelligent, competent, & clear headed, if not necessarly to genius-level, fully committed, fully cooperative & ruthlessly fiscally prudent – and government were all utterly departments all on board, with all the right staff, funds & resources needed to do it & functioning the same way. We are nowhere near this.

      • Gezza

         /  September 17, 2018

        Shit.
        *and government departments were all utterly on board …