Rod Drury gives it to the pollies & tells Dotcom to “go away”

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Message to politicians: Get out of the way!

Rod Drury has cut loose on the politicians and told them a few home truths about their meddling ways.

This election campaign needs more business leaders to stand up and serve politicians arses like what Rod Drury has done.

As the political heavyweights debated the future ICT roadmap for New Zealand last night, Rod Drury sat shaking his head in the crowd.

Taking the stage amidst the backdrop of Auckland’s evening sky, key political figures debated long into the night about the future of New Zealand’s ICT sector.

Chaired by the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, CEO Candace Kinser orchestrated discussion with technology representatives from National, Labour, the Green Party and the Internet MANA parties.

But as the opinions flowed and policies were outlined, Xero’s charismatic CEO reawakened a conversation which, in the eyes of the entrepreneur, drifted widely off the overriding issue.

“I find this really depressing but I’ll try to be positive about it,” he said, in his typically outspoken manner.  

Addressing Internet Party leader Laila Harre first, Drury told the recently elected head of the Kim Dotcom funded political party: “We’ve been in the industry for 20 years and you don’t speak for us, Kim Dotcom should go away and it’s kind of insulting to hear what you speak about because it doesn’t take into account the hard work we’ve done for the last 20 years.”

According to Drury, panelists Harre, Amy Adams, Clare Curran and Gareth Hughes spoke about “incremental stuff which everybody else is already doing”, branding the discussion “boring.”

Displaying a genuine passion for wanting to drive the ICT industry forward across the country, Drury believes all parties have an opportunity to “completely change New Zealand”, believing the appointment of a Chief Technology Officer to be the “way forward.”

“We have many companies in the tech space who can spend tens of millions of dollars,” he added. “We know the answer, you guys clearly don’t know the answer. What we’d love to do is actually use technology to change New Zealand.”

Insisting the best way to instil a positive change in the ICT industry is through engaging the private sector, Drury again referred to the need for a CTO.

“We need someone in the middle who can engage with both ends and say ‘these are the things that we need to change New Zealand’ which would help unlock investment and change the market,” he added.

The only problem I have with the appointing of a Chief Technology Officer is that it will be the muppet politicians that choose…and we could end up with the tech equivalent of Dr Peter Gluckman who has an opinion on everything but does nothing.

Imagine who Laila Harre would choose or nominate? Probably the same person as Clare Curran, truth be told.

Labour (not Clare) would appoint corporate bludger, Selwyn Pellet, and National would appoint a mate of Peter Goodfellow’s.

While a good idea I fear that a fool would get appointed. Just look at those turgid Nethui events the left wing have hijacked, where loads of nerdy, smelly people attend to talk and talk and talk some more. What has ever been achieved by a Nethui, ever?

Then there is InternetNZ, which seems to really be an executive travel club where key people travel all over world without one outcome that couldn’t be achieved if they had stayed in Wellington on Skype. All these organisations are the same, junkets for geeks and their political mates with little discernible outcomes for the real world.

Rob Drury though speaks the truth about the politicians…basically he is saying “You are all idiots, get off the stage, and leave ICT to the us”.

 


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