Last week we covered Bob Jones’ NBR column about how the CEO of Air NZ, Christopher Luxon, nearly saw him off.
Luxon responds this week, mortified he nearly killed Bob Jones:
I was mortified to read last week that I had inadvertently almost killed Sir Bob Jones with my mindless claptrap and worthless wittering. I was both surprised and dismayed to learn of the damage I had caused. Surprised, because I had assumed that this colossus of New Zealand was made of sterner stuff. Dismayed, because I am a huge admirer of his.
Sir Bob first came into my consciousness in 1984 when I was 13. No mindless claptrap or mangled mutterings on inequality, infrastructure and national identity for him. He was so dissatisfied with the direction of the country that he pulled down Muldoon’s despotic government handing the election to David Lange’s Labour Party. “Prosperity and freedom” was his catch cry and he was the catalyst for the much-needed reform to our economy and society that followed. We are all in debt to that great man for having the courage of his convictions and with tremendous apologies to Fred Dagg “we don’t know how fortunate we were to have that man, we don’t know how propitious were the circumstances”.