Idiot minister should be sacked over Snapper debacle

You might think I am being harsh calling for the sacking of a National minister, but let me explain.

When you are a minister that fails to listen to your caucus colleagues as they wear a line to your office to tell them about the angry constituents concerned about your actions, when you are the minister who constantly tells those same caucus colleagues that your officials say this or say that and when you are the minister who has shown a distinct lack of either initiative, nouse, or political savvy, instead displayed astonishing idiocy and a propensity to be tone-deaf to over one million recreational fishers then you don’t deserve your warrant. If you can’t act because your officials say something even if you don’t agree with them then we don’t need you as a minister. Ministers are supposed to have discretion, that is the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation. If you can’t decide or act and just do what your officials say then we don’t need you as a minister.

But what really seals his fate is gifting Labour a stick to beat the government with. That is truly unforgivable. Especially as Labour don’t give a rats arse about fishers or hunters…but when you gift a platform to the opposition and a club with which they can really beat you with that is not a beltway issue then you are a risk to the government and you should be sacked.

Nathan Guy has done this, he is the minister “irresponsible”, he should go.  

That’s the central question. They understand the need for quota management, but they don’t understand how they are the bad guys here. The minister is tone deaf, the minister is inept, and those are National voters listening to Labour MPs.

John Key might have been feeling a little smug over the weekend thinking the Fonterra issue had got him off the hook over the Dunne/Vance affair, but he won’t be feeling smug now.

Having a useless, tone deaf minister causing an electoral stink worse than 50 tonnes of rotting fish just makes caucus think he is out of touch as well as a leader.

Issues like this come along only so often and MPs bordering coastal areas, and that is most of National’s MPs will be thinking that this issue could not only cost them the election, but also their jobs as ministers and as MPs.

There will be a caucus insurrection over this unless either Nathan Guy or John Key sorts this out pronto. They can expect to have a very uncomfortable conference as angry members ask why this rubbish is even necessary. Once the members start showing displeasure then other minor issues will raise their uncomfortable heads. Like why the party spent over $2 million on an old brick building in an earthquake city or why remits are being shunted off the main floor into break out groups and why the board and PM and Steve Joyce are afraid of unions.

Yes things could get very uncomfortable in Nelson, and what was supposed to be a showcase of the PM..with nice video presentations and orders from above that uppity Young Nats are to be stomped on could well become a cacophony and touchstone event of people questioning just what is happening. Let’s see if the members have the stones. I can well imagine the stunned look on Peter Goodfellow’s face in attempting to deal with a little bit of insurrection. Peter Kiely will puff up with self importance and quote all sorts of rules to hush people up…it isn’t going to be nice.

Nathan Guy has caused this, and now questions will be asked about John Key’s leadership for allowing an inept and captured minister to let an issue like this blow out of proportion. Add on all the stuff around spying on MPs, journalists…well…eye-brows will be raised.


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