Clare Curran sacked…sort of

Jacinda Ardern has removed Clare Curran from cabinet, and from two of her portfolios. She still retains the Broadcasting portfolio though so her pay remains untouched: Quote:

Clare Curran has been sacked from the Cabinet, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this afternoon.

Curran offered her resignation after failing to record a meeting in February with Derek Handley.

She has resigned her Open Government and Government Digital Services portfolios, but will hold on to her Broadcasting and ACC portfolios.

She failed to mention the meeting in response to a written parliamentary question.

In a statement, Curran said she “simply forgot” when her answer was sent out.

Ardern said it was a serious error, and that’s why she had been demoted.

“That’s not good enough, and that’s why she’s been removed by Cabinet,” Ardern said at a press conference this afternoon.

“There is no excuse for what has happened here,” Ardern said. “That is why the minister has been demoted.”

The Prime Minister said it was Curran’s second offence, after earlier failing to record a meeting with Radio NZ senior manager Carol Hirschfeld.

Curran said she took full responsibility for not following proper process.

“The meeting with Mr Handley should have been in the diary and my staff should have been informed,” she said.

“I have let myself and the Prime Minister down and my resignations today are the consequence of my error.”End of quote.

Clare Curran was always on the list of who would fall first. She does still retain a ministerial portfolio though and so it is hardly as severe as Jacinda Ardern was making out.

It does, however, show up Simon Bridges who now looks weak after having been out-flanked by Trevor Mallard, and appears to have a leaker in his caucus. Ardern has made herself look strong and Bridges look weak with this sacking.