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How diverse?

04/11/2020

Much more important is identity politics, wokeness and gender is. Experience and knowledge are not necessary when you are ideologues and incompetent numpties

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Jacinda Ardern’s new Cabinet is being celebrated for its diversity.

In that context diversity is referring to gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

When it comes to diversity of experience there’s a glaring omission – business ownership.

Damien O’Connor owned a tourism business.

An admittedly fast search for business ownership among the rest of Cabinet didn’t uncover anyone else who had run their own business and very little experience among Ministers of working for private businesses.

Does it matter?

It might be fairer to wait and judge them on their performance rather than their pasts. But I’d be a lot more confident of policy that reflects an understanding of private enterprise and the importance it will play in the recovery that Covid-19 has wrought on the economy if at least a few more of the Ministers had first-hand experience of owning or at least working in it.

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