I don’t expect Paula Bennett to resign over the MSD scandal – even if she was ‘taking an interest in operational matters’. I totally expect her to start sacking some MSD executives if they don’t resign of their own volition. Bennett modeled her ‘get tough and crack down’ persona on Judith Collins, but when the wheels came off ACC, Collins did actually get tough on her board and officials, who all got sacked. It’s starting to look like Bennett is only willing to get tough on beneficiaries and whistle-blowers.
Speaking of which, isn’t it weird how whenever a member of the public comes forth and reveals government incompetence, and the government apologises and then further breaches privacy by revealing the identity of the whistle-blower and then attacking their character in public, the politician or senior staffer leaking that person’s identity is always keep secret. So now we have ‘who leaked the name?’ stories, written by journalists who know full well who leaked it, because they’re the people it was leaked to.
This process is a huge win for the government: people will be afraid to come forward and point out their incompetence, but I don’t see that as much of a win for the media so I’m not sure why they play along.
I’m not sure how this ‘Shearer vs Key over secret tape that might not even exist but it’s important to ask the questions anyway’ story is playing ‘outside the beltway’. Shearer had to do something to get into the Kim Dotcom game – Peters and Norman were sidelining him on a daily basis. (Imagine what Peters would do with a story like the possibly-non-existent spy tape!)
Now Shearer’s back in the game, but the reason the media weren’t going to him for comment previously is because he’s a stuttering inarticulate mess. Is getting him back on the news a good thing for Labour? Surely this guy’s leadership can now only be measured in weeks?