Gutless Key backs Hopeless Hekia, never would have tolerated that in the commercial world

John Key has backed Hekia Parata, the woman who single handedly destroyed their poll ratings.

In doing so he has wedded his future to her stuffs up and the Bill English aligned drop kicks who have the reverse midas touch.

Prime Minister John Key says Hekia Parata will retain the education portfolio ahead of a raft of controversial changes to the sector.

Key, speaking in Christchurch ahead of a trip to Antarctica, said Parata would not be affected in his Cabinet reshuffle despite calls from the education sector to end her one year term in the education portfolio.

“The fact that the unions are asking for the resignation of the new Minister of Education under a National Government is nothing new. In fact I can’t name a Minister of Education under National we’ve had that the unions haven’t want to see sacked.” 

Parata faced a barrage of criticism in 2012 over her handling of the Canterbury school mergers, national standards in primary schools, increased class sizes and a proposal to close a special needs girls’ school.

I wonder if Hekia has told Key about the pending legal issues she has caused with staff in her office?

The unions called for Tolley’s head but that was because she was effective. They are justified in calling for Parata’s.

What I can’t believe is that John Key is sticking by someone who has proven to be a dud investment. He would never have done that in the corporate world. Before Christmas I said he should sack her but wouldn’t because he was the one who put her name forward and has his personal credibility invested in her.

Chris Hipkins will be licking his chops in anticipation at further destroying the Hekia-Shambles. And my first prediction for 2013 will come to pass.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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