It is unusual to find two major metropolitan papers like The DomP and The Press singing the same hymn. Adolf finds the mental image of a small child ineffectually flailing about in a corner from which it cannot escape, while it's big brother looks on in mild bemusement verging on anger to be entirely apposite.
In today's Herald we now find Air New Zealand considers its engineering maintenance contracts with the Australian Defense Forces also at risk. This is grown up stuff - seriously damaging, not just a few ad hoc charters here and there. If these contracts are lost then, as has been suggested by David Farrar, shareholders indeed will take class action against Cullen under rarely used provisions of the Companies Act.
All this because their focus groups gove them an early inkiling of what is coming in public opinion polls.The most alarming aspect of the whole debacle and one which the media have not picked up is that it is becoming clear that Clerk, Cullen and Goff are so obsessed with poll ratings that they are prepared to sacrifice not only the future profitability of any public company which gets too close to them but also the future good relations of our country with our neighbours.
This is what we get for having fools and amateurs running the country.
February 2 in history
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