The Government can't keep ignoring business anymore. It can't keep pretending it isn't to blame for our economic downturn.

That's what this government likes to do. Whenever anyone asks, Finance Minister Grant Robertson blames the global economy.

He is right. Sort of. The whole world's losing steam. And we're still doing well compared to most. But global headwinds aren't the only reason our growth has close to halved, from 4.1 per cent to 2.1 per cent in three years.


Two information releases this week put that theory firmly to bed.

The first was the Official Cash Rate decision. On