With a series of operational failures in the Telecom XT network it was inevitable that sooner or later some bright spark in the Beehive would suddenly rate themselves as a telecom technician. … just what kind and with what level of competence is utterly irrelevant.
And thus it came to pass that on the third outage, Leader of the Opposition Goff sprang to his hind legs and announced that the government should “do something”. In due course the Minister reported that he had held “discussions” and it appeared (this must have come as a shock), that he could not, in fact, “do anything”.
The reason for this was that Telecom was a private company – implying of course that if it wasn’t he would have been able to “do something”. Both the conclusion and it’s origin were duly deemed “unacceptable” by the “doers” on t’other side of the house and failure to “do something” was said to shriek of “no accountability”.
Herein then lies one of the great virtues of privatisation…. it is one of the very few policy moves which, from time to time (not always as various rail foamers will leer at you about) helps ensure that those who can “do” and those who can’t “preach”.