Another National minister needs to “get used to the language”

Associate Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro has been reprimanded and apologised to Prime Minister Bill English for “naïve” comments which appeared to warn Labour candidate Willie Jackson of consequences if he attacked National on its housing policies.

Ngaro’s comments at National’s northern regional conference were reported by Newsroom, which said Ngaro appeared to suggest Willie Jackson could lose Government support for his organisation’s bid for a second charter school and Whanau Ora contracts should Jackson criticise National on the campaign trail.

“We are not happy about people taking with one hand and throwing with the other,” Ngaro reportedly said.

Newsroom reported he had issued a warning “not to play politics with us:” “If you get up on the campaign trail and start bagging us then all the things you are doing are off the table.

They will not happen.”

What a total dickhead.  That’s just the kind of rookie mistake that you’d expect from Andrew Little.

But oddly enough, that’s another Minister under Bill English that seems to feel he has more freedom to speak his mind.   I can’t remember the last time this happened on Key’s watch.

He put Ngaro’s comments down to a rookie mistake and frustration with the way National’s policies were being portrayed.

“But he realises what he said was over stepping the mark. He’s very disappointed in himself.”

Ngaro has since put out a statement saying his comments were “a bit naïve, poorly worded and I absolutely regret what I said.”

Willie Jackson did not comment but Labour leader Andrew Little said it was a sign National was desperate.

“It looks like an implied threat to any organisation contracting with the Government. It’s totally out of order and after nine years of this Government, New Zealanders deserve a lot better.”

Ngaro was also reported as saying there was tension within the Salvation Army between the Church and the social and policy arms and claimed Labour was “using its constituents for political fodder” by highlighting the homelessness debate.

Ngaro was appointed to Cabinet last December after Prime Minister Bill English took over from John Key.

Oh well.  That explains that.   Bill’s simply not capable of running his ministers the way Key used to.


– NZ Herald

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