John Armstrong : Mallard seems to have a sorry problem

John Armstrong : Mallard seems to have a sorry problemSo why not say you're sorry, Mr Mallard? The Minister for the Environment should have issued a unqualified apology for wrongly maligning whistle-blower Erin Leigh the instant he was given the highly embarrassing news yesterday that… [NZ Politics]

John Armstrong weighs in on the Erin Leigh scandal that is besetting angry man Trevor Mallard.

[quote]So why not say you're sorry, Mr Mallard? The Minister for the Environment should have issued a unqualified apology for wrongly maligning whistle-blower Erin Leigh the instant he was given the highly embarrassing news yesterday that his questioning of her competence had been based on inappropriate advice from his ministry.

It is basic politics. He should have apologised out of fairness to Ms Leigh, the woman who went public with claims Labour activist Clare Curran had been foisted on the Ministry for the Environment by Mr Mallard's Cabinet colleague, David Parker, so that Labour could use ministry resources to push its political agenda on climate change.

Mr Mallard should have apologised to set the record straight in Parliament and avoid a potential breach of privilege case. He should have done so to silence the National Party. And he should have done so for his own sake.

That he has not done so – and that his Beehive colleagues are not insisting he do so – suggests he and they have lost grip of their senses…….

…….Mr Mallard might be looking for a way out of politics. That analysis might be completely wrong. But his behaviour has more than a touch of the political death-wish about it – his refusal to apologise seemingly just another example of that syndrome.[/quote]

 

 

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