This story in Hawke’s Bay Today almost speaks for itself.
Small Business Minister Rick Barker managed to offend in 35 minutes basically every single person who attended a meeting with him. Apart from texting during the meeting, he also left the perception that “He appeared to have nothing but contempt for how small business ticked. He thought we were all fat cats”.
I have to say that in my opinion appointing former union officials as business ministers is somewhat akin to appointing Dr Jack Kevorkian as Minister of Health 🙂