From Don Newmans's recent column:
A government that is serious about dealing with the problem should be encouraging public hearings where respected economists like Don Drummond, Dale Orr, Bill Robson, Mike McCracken and Jim Stanford would spell out in detail the scope of the problems and the choices that will have to be made to deal with them.
If you are an academic economist reading this blog (and I know that some of you out there fall into this category), ask yourself these questions:
- Does this correspond to your own short list of "respected economists" to whom we can entrust a problem of such magnitude?
- Why would a journalist with several decades experience of covering public affairs write that sentence?