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.