In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
John Gallagher continues his blog on life after the February 2009 New Zealand Jobs Summit. This time he looks at how wider vision in this information age can keep pragmatism working for jobs and for much else besides.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key intends his Summit on Employment to be a “'do-fest,' non 'talk-fest' affair." OK, but clarity is needed as to what such a conference can achieve and what it will leave still to be done. New Zealand’s history since 1973 illustrates how without vision, short-term “pragmatism” can become very “unpragmatic"