I could write another post on the subject of yachtsmen in the trough, but what would be the point in repeating what has already (I think) been made plain enough about these subsidised sailors with an entitlement complex who are among the wealthiest beneficiaries in the country.
I could repeat from any one of
- Piss off, Grant
- Team New Zealand: Sailing in Subsidised Waters
- Yet another reason to dislike Team New Zealand
It’s the same cronyism as the no-collapsed Sky City subsidy: an alleged economic benefit to something called “the economy” used to justify a private organisation’s costs being met by the taxpayer.
I don’t say an Auckland regatta and another tilt at the America’s Cup won’t be good for New Zealand business. I don’t say that it will either. What I do say is that if particular New Zealand businesses think it will be good for them, then they should pony up themselves.
That’s what sponsorships were invented for. (Something Grant Dalton used to know something about before he became a beneficiary.)
And if a crowd of individual New Zealanders wants to get behind “their” team out of a sense of nationalism, then I say get to it and help fund it voluntarily. (That’s what crowd funding like Kickstarter was developed for, to get supporters funding projects they want to see happen without demanding others pay for their pleasures; something Grant Dalton should start trying to get his head around.)
Simple point: even if there is an economic benefit to be had, then there is simply no case that NZ taxpayers should be made to pay for specific NZ businesses to benefit economically.