A jury couldn’t convict him on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice, but Cairns said it himself: “Reputationally, I’m completely scorched, burnt completely”. He’s vowing to fight on and redeem himself, but in many respects, the damage has already been done. The marathon trial in London’s Southwark Crown Court featured a prosecution witness list that read like a who’s who of New Zealand cricket: Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Chris Harris, Lou Vincent, Shane Bond, Kyle Mills and Andre Adams. Despite the not guilty verdicts, Cairns’ status as a cricketing great has taken a hit.
The private prison operator has managed to see out the year without its contract to run Auckland’s Mt Eden prison being torn up – just. A full-blown scandal erupted after footage emerged online of prisoners allegedly taking part in organised fights clubs. Further serious allegations emerged about the behaviour of inmates at the prison and a full independent investigation was ordered. Serco bosses were called in for a “please explain” with the Corrections Minister, who hasn’t fared well either, and not long after the Corrections department took over the day-to-day management of the facility. But whether Serco gets the boot is a question that will remain unanswered until 2016.
The Corrections union, Labour and the Media worked hand in hand to put Serco at the kerb using the same style of politics they have denounced Dirty Politics to be. Brutal, and efficient. Serco were dumped. Read more »