The question asks:
My answer is, “No I don’t.” Which would no doubt please David Cunliffe, Russel Norman et al if I voted that way, which is the only alternative the voting paper allows me.
But my full answer is “No I don’t, because I support the Government selling off 100%…”
The 49% is a pathetic and destructive halfway house, offering none of the benefits of removing businesses from government management, and all of the problems. It maintains the fiction that government is a good manager of real assets. It maintains all the monopolistic nastiness associated with government control of a market in which it dominates. It disallows the possibility of entrepreneurial management of the assets controlled, finding maximum value out of some very important assets. It sucks away what would have been real investment capital and uses it instead to bolster the teeming red ink in government accounts—more welfarism, in other words, instead of more investment.
It is, in short, worse than selling nothing or everything, which my voting paper doesn’t allow me to say.
Which is the main reason it has just landed in the bin.