Taken from comments in Milts blog below but deserves more space
I've worked in the universities, public service, state corporations, multinational corporations, professional firms, private enterprise and my own small business.They all have their place, stresses and challenges; and their satisfactions.
But I tell you, the toughest is the raw day to day struggle to survive in a small business, especially under Labour.At that stage of my life I learned to loath those who made regulations and laws that made my life a misery, and chopped and changed policies that made a joke of any notion of business planning.
Compared to all the securities and cosseting you have as an employee, as a small business owner you are at the bottom of the heap, unsupported and on your own. Yet these guys are the engines of the economy, and the source of our growth.As a country we have our priorities arse about face, and it shows in our economic performance.
Every public servant and politician should understand very clearly what I am saying. When I was a public servant I did not, and looking back there are many things I would have done differently if I had understood.
I will be voting for John Key because, if for no other reason, he has felt the heat, and is more likely to take decisions that respect rather than denigrate small business. I hope that is what will happen, and if it does we will all be much better off.