Roger Kerr from the Business Roundtable is full of advice for the Government’s upcoming jobs summit in today’s Dom Post. Which is unfortunate for Rog’, because according to my sources he won’t be getting an invite. Neither will Alasdair Thompson, the mildly unhinged chief executive of EMA Northern who famously lost his rag against Trevor Mallard on Morning Report last year.
Apparently the summit’s organisers are determined to get an outcome and are afraid that unless they keep the fringe nutters out it’s going to be a talkfest and ultimately a PR disaster. There’s no question that this is a very smart move, but I do wonder how the right of National’s caucus, not to mention Rodney Hide, will react to such a public snubbing.
See, the conventional wisdom so far has been that the first split in the Government will come from the Maori Party, but we’ve all seen how quickly Pita Sharples has warmed to his new role as the pliant face of the Maori business elite.
If you’re looking for splits, look no further than the tension between the political pragmatists currently in control of National, and the ideological purists both inside the party and in ACT. The jobs summit could be an interesting first test.
UPDATE: My sources tell me the organisers of the summit have relented and decided to allow Roger Kerr to take part after all. Oh well, I guess you can’t have everything in this world.