The Herald reports:
Removing former Prime Minister Jim Bolger as KiwiRail chairman would signal the Government’s intention to sell the troubled business as soon as it could, says Labour’s state-owned enterprises spokesman, Clayton Cosgrove.
Oh what nonsense. Apart from the fact that the Government has said it is not for sale, the reality is that no one would buy it. Hell I doubt you could even give it away for free, because the annual operating costs probably exceed income considerably.
Toll’s convincing Michael Cullen to spend $1 billion on purchasing it off them was all their Christmases come at once.
Of course Labour will be ultra-defensive, whenever anything is proposed regarding Kiwirail. It was a key plank in Labour's 2008 election strategy. We can only conclude that strategy was to gut the New Zealand economy; indeed, Dr Michael Cullen hinted as much with his "the cupboard is bare" quip shortly before the election.
So we have a suggestion to the Government. We reckon that they should indeed remove Jim Bolger, and replace him as chairman with Dr Michael Cullen! We know that sounds extreme, and that the likes of Barnsley Bill will be apoplectic with rage at the suggestion, but here's our reasoning.
Dr Michael Cullen is responsible for the mess with KiwiRail. We have always subscribed to the old dictum that if you make the mess, you clean up the mess. Dr Cullen should be appointed for a fixed term, and given an ultimatum; return Kiwirail to profitability, or be sacked.
You see, we reckon that being sacked would be the ultimate indignity for Dr Cullen. Those of his ilk care deeply about reputation. He would not want his last public act to be an inglorious failure. He might just be motivated to actually squeeze the lemon which he purchased with your money and ours.