Kiwi Polemicist

October 2, 2008

Why has government use of floor space increased by 42% in five years?

Gerry Brownlee has stated that government use of floor space in Wellington has increased by 42% in five years, and now bureaucrats occupy 40% of the office space in the wellington Central Business District. David Parker attempts to defend this, but in doing so lets slip that the public sector has grown by 11% since 2002¹.

Why do we have such a huge increase in bureaucrats? This is a philosophy straight from the Communist Manifesto, written by Marx & Engels:

We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible. [emphasis added]

Remember that all the Marxist nonsense about the proletariat/working class is just a sales pitch, and history has shown that a communist revolution is all about giving absolute power to the ruling elite.

“Centralising all instruments in the hands of the state” means that the State will steal all private businesses and put them under the control of the ruling elite, because the Marxist agenda is one of power and control. Most Socialists/Communists have by now admitted that this simply doesn’t work², so we have a mixture of capitalism and State-owned instruments of production, e.g. hospitals and education. However, Marxists like Helen Clark do like to increase their dominion and that is why we see such a growth in the public sector.

If you look at the figures below, you will see that 7.6% of the population now works for the public sector, which means that 7.6% of the population is beholden to Helen Clark, and that 7.6% of the population has a vested interest in not rocking the boat. To put it another way, Helen is stealing money from your pay packet and using it to control 7.6% of the population.

However, her lust for power will not be satisfied with the fact that 327,399 people are under her direct control.


1) Consider these points:

a) Parker said “That’s an increase of 32,445 compared with an increase of 251,700 in the employed labour force.” Is he implying that the bureaurcrats aren’t actually gainfully employed?

b) If 32,445 is an 11% increase in public sector employees then we have 327,399 bureaucrats today, or 7.6% of the population.

c) according to Statistics NZ the population grew by 7.6% from 2001 to 2006, whilst the public sector grew by 11% over a similar period: even the fiction that the public sector needs to grow in proportion to the population doesn’t hold up.

d) if the public sector has grown by 11% and governmental use of Wellington office space has grown by 42% over a similar period, this suggests a bias towards growth in bureaucrats involved in central planning (i.e. they are administering the nanny state), rather than in public sector employees like nurses.

e) it is reasonable to assume that these figure do not include consultants, the use of which has grown by huge amounts (far above 11%, although I do not have the exact figures to hand) according to Ian Wishart.

2) I will not attempt to explain here why the State cannot run a business, but consider this: we’re forever short of public health services, but we’re never short of privately produced toilet rolls. If Helen ever nationalises toilet paper production I’ll be on the next plane out.


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