Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Just as he was about to do some good!


The first time in my life I find it in myself to offer good words about Nick Smith, and within 24 hours he's resigned.

I almost feel responsible.

That said however, on the issue on which he resigned he behaved badly: using political pull to help a friend (endorsing her ACC claim on ministerial letterhead) then lying about it afterward (saying he "couldn't recall" if he used the letterhead or not. Yeah right.)

So the minister with a tongue so forked he could hug a tree with it has gone, but ironically just before he was about to do some good.

I trust (but doubt) his successor will proceed to tie up councils, as Smith planned to do. And I hope (without any sense of optimism) that his succcessor will do what Smith never would and proceed further: to gut the RMA.

Both are urgent.

Given my new-found ability to place a curse on cabinet ministers though, perhaps if Smith's replacement proves too recalcitrant I should just offer some words of praise. As unlikely as that might sound.

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Blogger peterquixote said...

please Winston hold your tongue now,
there is no value to us of your smirk on this ocassion,

21 Mar 2012, 16:38:00  
Blogger FreeMack said...

What I find depressing is that he is too unethical to be a minister, but it is OK for him to be an MP.

22 Mar 2012, 13:31:00  
Blogger peterquixote said...

sweet jesus Freekmack, Nick Smith was one of the best Ministers this country has ever had.
I am ashamed of John Key, listen here you John Key I am ashamed of you.

26 Mar 2012, 20:01:00  

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