Will he stay on? The problem with Michael Williams

"Hey you, fetch me some vodka"

“Hey you, fetch me some vodka”

There are a number of issues that stem from the Herald revelations into Michael Williams’ problems.

The first thing is that drinking and driving is a serious offence, one that shows significant misjudgment by an individual, and is often a window into someone’s wider health problems. It is not the sort of crime that automatically deserves sacking, though for many employees, it is specified in their contract that a DIC conviction means a job dismissal.

The second thing is that the resisting arrest charge is a VERY serious charge, and if proven, is completely incompatible with someone elected to public office and who is expected to be a pillar of the community. A charge like this should mean the person should automatically stand down from their political responsibilities until either found innocent or guilty.  

Thirdly, a politician who is found guilty of drinking and driving should not automatically resign from politics, but should be removed from any higher decision-making offices held as a politician. e.g. – the Ruth Dyson case where she resigned as Cabinet Minister when arrested – not when found guilty.

Fourthly, a politician who is found guilty of drinking and driving AND also resisting arrest is not fit to hold any form of political office. They should resign immediately. They can not have the confidence of the people if they are both capable of misjudgment and violence/abuse or consider themselves above the law.

Lastly, Michael Williams holds a job as Chief Financial Officer of Treescape, a prominent tree removal company with over 250 staff that is 50% owned by major corporate Vector Networks.

A C level officer employed by a large corporate is expected to show leadership. A C-Level officer should be stood down from their role as Chief Financial Officer if on criminal charges of resisting arrest and drinking and driving. If found guilty they would be expected to fall on their sword immediately.

And a C-Level officer who brings Treescape and Vector into disrepute is a corporate liability, who deserves sacking. This shit storm of bad coverage is only just beginning.

Michael Williams, you may be the biggest loser of 2013. Hope the vindictive jihad on your deputy at the Howick Local Board was worth it.


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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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