Mood of the Boardroom has been released by the NZ Herald, and that mood can only really be described as surly. Jacinda Ardern has plummeted in the rankings and one of those surveyed says the Government’s actions during Covid were making “a mockery of kindness”.
While the country’s borders are now open again and Covid restrictions diminished, the Government’s response rankles.
“The Prime Minister should commence a Royal Commission of Inquiry into her Government’s Covid response,” said independent director Craig Stobo. “Her politicisation of health policy by separating New Zealanders, incarcerating New Zealanders in their houses or in MIQ, locking up cities and regions, and discriminating against workers and vilifying New Zealanders who lawfully protest makes a mockery of kindness.”
Craig Stobo is spot on with his comments, and you know he is spot on because pannier bag and lamb chop recipe aficionado Russell Brown is outraged.
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Speaking of conspiracy theories, since Russell Brown has alluded to them, I have a theory that the Government has been taken over by a high-ranking (in Maoridom) Maori whanau, that we have a prime minister hell-bent on turning us into a communist state, by stealth of course, and that the media have been taken over by the Government as per the dictator’s playbook.
And I suspect many of those surveyed by the Mood of the Boardroom agree.
Labour’s top two ministers have taken a pummelling in the Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom survey out today.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson have lost significant ground in the survey, which asks business chief executives to rank Cabinet ministers on their performance.
Ardern has been ejected from the Cabinet “top 10”, coming in at 12th place with a ranking of 2.3 out of 5 – down from 3.03 last year and 3.91 in 2020.
Robertson, who has been replaced as top Cabinet performer this year by Climate Change Minister James Shaw, scored 2.98/5, down from 4.18 in 2020 when he scored well for his initial fiscal management of Covid.
More than 100 CEOs and directors participated in the survey, which also canvases economic conditions and business confidence. The rankings for ministers are based on a scale where 1 equals “not impressive” and 5 equals “very impressive”.
Ardern is under half! That shows you just how much trouble this Labour Government is in, when their star performer is hopelessly out of touch with the reality of the situation she finds herself in.
While Ardern scored well on things like leveraging her personal brand for NZ businesses internationally, she was marked down in areas such as child poverty reduction, delivery of transformative change and building confidence with the business community.
Ardern is the minister responsible for child poverty reduction, and on that front she is an abject failure.
“Delivering impactful and positive change is much harder than aspiring to do so”, said Deloitte chairman Thomas Pippos.
Mainfreight group managing director Don Braid said a major issue facing the nation was the cost of bureaucracy.
“There is a lack of direction and sure-footed policy to combat the failings around health, education, housing and crime. Stop the political posturing and interference. Focus on the core fundamentals and then get out of the way.”
This Government is big on slogans but lacks even modest delivery on the promise of those slogans. They are focusing on delivering on areas on which no one wants the focus of government. Especially co-governance:
CEOs were divided on the issue of increased co-governance.
About 37 per cent of survey respondents said that increased co-governance between Government and Maori was “right for the times”, although many included caveats in their support.
“Co-governance seems a sensible solution for resolving claims in relation to taonga/property — especially where only a 21st-century solution is possible,” says New Zealand Initiative chair Roger Partridge. “However, co-governance of the national provision of services is not consistent with the principles of our liberal democracy.”
Look at the weasel words from the NZ Herald: “CEOs were divided on the issue of increased co-governance.”
Just 37% supported increased co-governance, and even then with riders and qualifications, meaning that 63% or a massive majority of those surveyed were against it. They weren’t really divided, were they? That’s just intellectually and deliberately dishonest from the NZ Herald. Then again, they can’t be too harsh on their paymasters, can they?
When the latest Edelman Trust Barometer says workers believe their bosses more than politicians or media then you can see the real problems for this increasingly unpopular government.
No wonder the NZ Herald ran the headline “Worst Government since Muldoon”.
Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. This article was first published HERE