Has Clare Curran breached the rules of the Cabinet Manual?

The Cabinet Manual is very clear in section 4.14:

4.14: Following a long-established principle, Ministers do not comment on or involve themselves in the investigation of offences or the decision as to whether a person should be prosecuted, or on what charge. Similarly, they should not comment on the results of particular cases, on matters that are subject to suppression orders, or on any sentence handed down by a court. Ministers must avoid commenting on any sentences within the appeal period, and should avoid at all times any comment that could be construed as being intended to influence the courts in subsequent cases.

I wonder then how Clare Curran can possibly get away with this tweet?


She is clearly commenting and involving herself in the investigation of offences AND the decision as to whether a person should be prosecuted.

Her tweet as a Minister of the Crown is very clear. She is obviously trying to influence an investigation. Police can, at their discretion, re-open any investigation. If they now re-open the investigation into Todd Barclay then I’d say Barclay would have a clear defence that the investigation and subsequent results of that were influenced by a government minister.

Clare Curran has yet to realise that she is no longer in opposition and is in fact a government minister.



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