So, the Business Roundtable has resorted to calling in Russian oligarchs to aid their campaign against proportional represenation.
Here’s what “Taranaki-born former Treasury economist-turned-Russian oligarch” Stephen Jennings had to say following last night’s Sir Ron Trotter address.
MMP, he says, must go.
We need political leaders who can lead and manage change. “They need to be able to make policy choices quickly and efficiently,” Jennings says. “We know what kind of political behaviour our current constitution generates: gradualism, populism and the quasi-corruption arising from disproportionate pandering to tiny minorities.”
We must move back to a system of government, he says, where our leaders can promote high economic performance without pandering to narrow sectoral interests.
Given Jennings made his billions in the daylight robbery of Russia’s assets after the collapse of the Soviet Union, I’m guessing his definition of “disproportionate pandering to tiny minorities” and “pandering to narrow sectoral interests” doesn’t extend to the tiny minority that is big business.
His real gripe with MMP, much like the Business Roundtable’s, is when the public gets in the way of his looting and plundering.
The contempt these people have for our democracy is astounding.