Finally, someone from the mainstream media calling for heads to roll

Nigel Haworth, Labour Party president: Credit PHOTO Simon Maude/Stuff

Duncan Garner is expecting a head to roll.

It had to end some time. The golden glow and constant smile were never going to stretch through an alleged sex scandal involving young people and booze.

Honeymoons simply can’t go on forever, and Jacinda Ardern will surely be reflecting on that as she grabs an organic latte from Mt Albert’s local markets this weekend.

New prime ministers always hope their political honeymoon will stretch on and on, but in this business there’s always an idiot lurking around the corner. Most of the time he or she is in your camp.

Don’t worry so much about the Opposition – they can’t be controlled –  be concerned about the fools horsing around in your party and government.[…]

Good advice. Don’t worry about the opposition; you are not responsible for them.  However, as party leader, you are ultimately responsible for the fools horsing around in your party and what happens on your watch.

[…] So this must be said in the harshest possible way.

Who was the total and utter dickhead who allowed alcohol to be drunk at Labour’s Youth Camp? Bloody idiots. Beer and RTDs, other rocket fuels too, you name it, do not mix well with young teenagers.

I know a bit about this – it’s not just a gateway drug, it’s a pathway to a whole lot of trouble. It’s also against the law.

That’s quite crucial, l would have thought, and deserves more than just a passing mention. […]

Yes, it absolutely does. This will be covered by the police investigation. If any illegal activities are found then criminal charges will follow, and rightly so. I hope all those involved are giving very honest answers to the hard questions.

[…] But no, it’s Haworth to blame for me. Too old school. Too relaxed. Too much of a cover-up for me.

He’s the head honcho or senior party member who went AWOL.

Haworth gives me no confidence, like former president Mike Williams used to.

Haworth should stick around to perhaps clean things up then walk the plank. The sharks are hungry and circling. The police are too. Labour’s barely been there 100 days and already the cops have infiltrated the Beehive. […]

While I don’t disagree that Haworth should go, it doesn’t seem nearly enough. As more and more evidence is emerging, the list of “who knew” grows wider and wider. At any point, any one of those adults should have stepped up and behaved responsibly. They all need to be held to account appropriately for their part in what happened.

[…] Unbelievably … and somehow we have to believe this, no one told the PM. That needs to change in future. Information is power. Ardern needs to know everything. She looked like a startled possum in the headlights this week. Don’t surprise your prime minister with the cameras rolling.

And her condemnation of Labour was weak too.[…]

When asked directly if she was worried about not being informed about what had happened earlier, her answer was no. Does she mean she wasn’t worried about not being informed because she already had been? Because, if she was any kind of leader, she would be spitting chips that she was blindsided by this.


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