59% says Parata should have been sacked, PM got it wrong

OneNews/Colmar Brunton did a little side poll on Hekia Parata. They asked about whether or not she should have kept her job. This poll will create pressure and lord knows Hekia doesn’t perform well under pressure…she will probably sack another staff member as she seeks to blame everyone but herself, the turnover in her office is a shocker.

A majority of voters think Education Minister Hekia Parata’s poor performance should have seen her dumped from the Cabinet last month, according to a TVNZ/Colmar Brunton poll.

Ms Parata will tomorrow announce the Government’s final decisions over the future of 31 Christchurch schools, with the prospect of a number of closures fuelling disapproval of her handling of the education portfolio. 

Fifty-nine per cent of voters polled by Colmar Brunton believed Prime Minister John Key made the wrong decision by keeping Ms Parata as Education Minister in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle following a torrid time during which she oversaw the class size backdown, the Novopay debacle and the breakdown in communications with Education Secretary Lesley Longstone and her subsequent departure.

I believe Key should have axed her. But I also believe he was beholden to Bill English and the rehabilitation of Nick Smith.

Key’s instincts are to axed non-performer not cuddle them. He has been cunning in framing her future based on performance. Look for more changes come the end of the year or early next year as Key signals that the party is rejuvenating and seeking merit and excellence rather than tokenism and uselessness.

Mark my words, Hekia Parata will become the Nicola Murray of NZ Politics.


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