Big-mouth Jones smacked in the gob by Ardern

Shane Jones has been talking big and trash-talking Air New Zealand.

Along the way he has probably breached the Companies Act. In any case, he has been told to STFU by Jacinda Ardern:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has attempted to put a muzzle on Shane Jones.

Ms Ardern moved to shut down her regional economic development minister today after he continued attacks on Air New Zealand, calling for their CEO to step down if he wanted to talk politics instead of business.

Calling for the sacking of any board member is a step too far and I have told Shane Jones that,” she told media today.  
“I have certainly explained to him that he is absolutely entitled to an opinion which he has shared, but suggesting anyone from the board should go is a step too far.”

When asked if Mr Jones’ actions were means for stepping down, Ms Ardern said: “This is not a sacking offence. not for any Air New Zealand board member, not for Shane.

“He’s expressed an opinion, one that I know some New Zealanders will certainly share some sympathy for, particularly those in the regions, but suggesting someone should be sacked is too far.

If it is a step too far then what are the consequences? It appears there are none.

After attacking Air NZ yesterday for what he perceives as them failing the regions, Mr Jones stepped it up a notch this morning.

“If you want to be a politician step down today … otherwise get back into your box,” Mr Jones said in reference to CEO Christopher Luxton.

He went on to tell Mr Luxton, through an interview with RNZ: “Don’t jump into the political boxing ring … you are an executive … your job is not to be a publicity officer and try and thwart the legitimate role of a Parliamentarian.”

He also hammered the Air NZ board: “The essence of corporate accountability is that shareholders put pressure on the board to test whether or not their strategy is fit for purpose,” he told RNZ.

“In terms of the growth and connectivity in provincial New Zealand it will not increase unless that board changes.”

Why should Air New Zealand provide loss-making services? If the government is so committed to these services then they should stump up for them.

Shane Jones is another minister who is writing cheques with his gobby mouth that his government can’t cash.

His bombastic performance on Larry Williams’ show last night was a disgrace. Shane Jones needs to realise that attacking talk-show hosts and accusing them of hate speech because they don’t agree with him isn’t a winning proposition.




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