Nasty Russel Norman has again mouthed off, this time against the head of the Electricity Authority.
Apparently Dr Brent Layton is a “civil servant who has failed to do his job and is now trying to protect his patch,”.
Norman today attacked the statement, saying Layton was simply defending the authority’s failures.
“Dr Layton’s extraordinary foray into political debate is nothing more than a National Party-appointed civil servant who has failed to do his job and is now trying to protect his patch,” he said.
Reported comments that Layton would not work for a Greens-Labour government “shows a lack of political neutrality that is unfitting of a state servant”, Norman said.
The Greens claim that its policy will save households $700 million a year by stripping out “rents” charged by owners of low-cost hydro electricity generators. This, it claims, will save households $300 a year.
The Green/Labour bloc has produced no evidence that they can reduce prices, but there is plenty of evidence world-wide of the failure of solutions as proposed by the Green/Labour bloc.
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges said he was briefed that the paper was coming but had no direct contact with Layton.
He did not believe the attacks were inappropriate.
“Anyone who knows Brent Layton knows that he’s not going to take guidance from politicians,” Bridges said.
“What you see with Dr Brent Layton is what you get.
“I don’t think he’s at all interested in politics, he’s interested in good public policy, and with respect I think what he said is what his perspective is on good public policy.”
Bridges added that what Layton had written was “absolutely right”.