Rt Hon Sir William Birch Minister of Finance
10 November 1999
For Immediate Release
Please, anything but Jim
Michael Cullen and Helen Clark have different views on the attractiveness of Jim Anderton, Finance Minister Sir William
Birch said today.
“Dr Cullen plans to recombine the roles of Treasurer and Minister of Finance so Mr Anderton won’t be close to the
“Unfortunately for him, Ms Clark has said Jim Anderton’s going to be her deputy Prime Minister if they can get into
Sir William said he could understand Dr Cullen not wanting to work with Mr Anderton. But putting him off in a portfolio
like Economic Development or
Commerce still had a hidden cost like all of Labour's policies.
"Businesses will suffer. Mr Anderton as Minister of Commerce wouldn't be able to stop himself meddling in the
day-to-day operation of many industries and sectors.
"Dr Cullen's prepared to sacrifice the business community in order to keep Mr Anderton out of his way.”
“That’s too high a price to pay.
"The people out there working hard in small and medium sized businesses need less meddling from Government, not more.
"We can't afford to burden them with Jim Anderton and expect the economy to prosper."