We hear a lot about 'Agendas' nowadays. He who writes the Agenda has the power. So it is important that he gets it right. But right for whom?
We have become accustomed to the so-called hidden Agenda - which I take to be a list of topics which implies one objective but which is actually written so as to achieve another. Sadly, the use of the hidden Agenda has become routine in many circles including, it seems, most layers of Government from the Cabinet to the Town Council. It is now no more than a device to enable them to do it their way.
We should stop being surprised that most so-called 'initiatives' produce the very reverse of what was said to have been intended*. The opposite of what was intended turns out, in practice, to have been what the Agenda writer wanted all along. By the time we realise that it is too late to argue.
The routine manipulation of the system in this cynical way - by stealth - is one major reason why so many people no longer see any point in voting. (Perhaps that is the result of a hidden Agenda too? Do they just not care, anymore, whether we do or not?)
Offered the prospect of 'growth' most small businesses would probably listen to the siren voices. The first time. Every business wants to improve the benefit it wins from its efforts. Who would not like a better profit for less effort? Or to increase his turnover if it produced a commensurate profit increase? We all want more profit.
Any government sponsored 'Business Support' Agenda writer, however, wants 'growth', i.e. more business activity, because that will create employment opportunities, some handy statistics and at least the prospect of better tax revenues. Beware. He is an Agent of the Government, because it controls his recruitment and pays him, regardless of how his actual employment is dressed up to imply something else. (More stealth!). It is no concern of his if, in the process of growing, a business fails and leaves a consequential trail of damage to others. Others, (not small businesses, though), even benefit from that.
Those who know what it is like to run a small business - that is, 99% of all businesses - are aware that what counts is not turnover, staff numbers, the size of the car-park or its borrowings. Success is determined by the ability to provide a product or service at low cost for which a buyer will pay a high price. Any business which does not understand this, (and many don't), is working to someone else's agenda or...