A good reason to bypass him

Nick Smith is lobbying hard for his reinstatement ‘advising’ the Prime Minister through the media that he thinks his gardening leave should end.

A refreshed Nick Smith says while his time on “gardening leave” has been good in parts, “my advice to the prime minister is ‘the garden is done’.”

If anyone other than a Bill English club member did that they’d have Wayne Eagleson whispering in their ears about how their career could be impacted by their impertinence.

Not only that it appears he has gone around his green taliban mates to get their support. 

Some environmental groups say MP Nick Smith should be reinstated as a minister in a Cabinet reshuffle due on Tuesday.

Prime Minister John Key has indicated Dr Smith will return to a ministerial role.

The reshuffle follows the departure of Speaker Lockwood Smith, who is expected to be replaced by Minister for Primary Industries David Carter.

If ever there was a reason to ignore Nick Smith it is that, but it gets worse…corporate raiders Greenpeace also endorse him:

Greenpeace would welcome Dr Smith’s return.

Spokesman Nathan Argent told NBR ONLINE, “It’s fair to say Nick Smith was a very capable minister. He was the one person [in cabinet] who had a handle on environmental issues.”

Dr Smith understood the complex ETS issue very well.

“We’ve always seen eye to eye with him. He’s the one person we’ve enjoyed one to one contact with; he’s very capable,” Mr Argent said.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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