Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, September 11th, 2017 - 67 comments
Categories: business, election 2017, greens, labour - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, business confidence, business leaders, election 2017, endorsements, let's do this
An interesting piece (Francis Cook in The Herald):
Fear of a Labour/Green Government in the business community is well gone, says SkyCity chairman-elect Rob Campbell.
A refreshingly honest comment, especially given the amount of time and credibility the Nats “invested” in SkyCity.
Speaking to Fran O’Sullivan for the Herald‘s Mood of the Boardroom series, Campbell said the Jacinda effect of the new Labour leader had “changed the game significantly” and the business and wider community was relaxed about the prospect of a change in Government.
“The old election roulette wheel is well and truly running, and a lot of money is going on the red squares,” Campbell said.
Campbell said the Greens had improved their standing in the business community, removing the concern about a Labour/Green coalition. “The element of fear that was in the business community about a Labour/Green Government, I think, is well gone,” he said.
“Businesses that are good businesses will still be able to do well under everything I’ve seen from the Labour party.”
“Business doesn’t necessarily do better under National led Governments,” he said.
Productivity was the biggest issue facing the business community in the country and growth was nominal without it, Campbell said. … “There is an increasing recognition among the business community and the wider community that things have got a little stale,” he said.
Inequality was another big issue for Campbell. “The people who are at the wrong end of the inequality really have genuine social and financial needs that are not being met under the current system,” he said. …
This is a very important and well deserved endorsement. It will help a lot of fence sitting voters to cross the line to Labour Green.