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The mood of CEOs accounts for 112 votes

In the wake of Hager’s selective and subjective exposures in his Dirty Politics book there has been a good deal broadcast and printed about how, as Kiwis, we are losing, or have lost our moral compass.

I have been interested to read a feature in today’s New Zealand Herald titled “Mood of the Boardroom” which purports to give us the result of a survey of CEOs on a range of matters that may or may not be of relevance to the election.

Overall the content of the feature might lead to some chest thumping on the Blue side of politics and hand-wringing and finger-pointing on the other side.

What did not surprise me was the clear discomfort of CEOs at Hager’s revelations.  It does not surprise because CEOs are the guardians of their own organisations’ relationships and corporate integrity. They are reported as displeased with ex-minister Judith Collins, which again is not surprising given her display of an overwhelming sense of entitlement.

We learn that our CEOs want politics to address the country’s big challenges – and it does eventually – but dissuading day-to-day politics (and reporting same) from its obsession with trivia and petty points-scoring  is unfortunately a pipedream.

The paper’s 24-page “mood” feature seems to overlook one thing, after all the verbiage, it accounts for just 112 votes, the number surveyed.

Let’s not forget, the result of the Election will be determined by the electorate at large, many of whom won’t have thought for more than a moment about Hager and his book.

After all, lately there’s been a spate of horror stories on the use of mobile phone while driving, yet yesterday I counted three drivers on their mobiles in the space of a single kilometre!

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