You’d think if the Nats could convince anyone that they knew what they were doing it would be the business community. National is supposed to be the business party after all, they won’t find a friendlier audience anywhere. But no, business owners aren’t buying it:
Key does not convince business
Businesses are not convinced that John Key’s Government has a plan to develop the economy or the country’s infrastructure, according to the Deloitte-Business NZ election survey.
The survey, done in late August and early September, revealed a more positive view generally about the National Government compared to the same survey done before the 2008 election.
However, it also found that while 98.4 per cent of respondents believed it was important for the Government to have a co-ordinated plan of action that raised New Zealand’s economic performance, only 34.5 per cent thought it had one.
Deloitte chief executive Murray Jack said it was “disturbing” that the No.1 issue emerging from the survey was the lack of a “clear, well understood economic plan”. … He said the plan Mr Key this morning confidently told the Business NZ election conference in Wellington this morning would lift economic performance, “was obviously news to most people in this room”. “It’s not resonating with business.” …
Why oh why can’t business be satisfied with a smile and a wave like the rest of the electorate? It seems so unfair!
As a passing footnote, The Herald carried the same piece yesterday with the same headline. But I guess it must have been too far outside the party line, because today it has been buried inside a rewritten piece with the enticing headline “Lobby group calls for road tolls”. WTF?