Hosking on Ardern’s handling of Labour’s summer camp sex abuse

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Mike Hosking is less than impressed with the Princess:

So this, I think we can all agree, is the new Government’s first major crisis – and it’s into day four.

Day six now… and not looking like abating any time soon as more people come forward.

The good news for them is the lawyer they’ve hired takes the heat off them until the report is published, due to the fact that they can, with their most earnest of expressions, every time they’re asked from here on in, say we have placed it under review.

And they can add, as the until-yesterday-invisible president of the party so extravagantly said, this is the most comprehensive review of a political party ever carried out.

But – and here’s where they’ve failed and are still failing – no heads will roll. How on earth can they say that, if they don’t know what the report says?

Unless, of course, the report will say pretty much what they want it to say. There were parental consent forms signed, under-age kids present, an MP supposedly looking out for trouble. All of that, ultimately, as we know only too well, turned to mush.

They’ve admitted guilt in terms of care and responsibility, they failed to call police or parents, they failed to do anything until weeks later. And with all that already on the table – and God knows what else coming – they can sit there and say no jobs are in trouble?

They’ve got rocks in their heads, and why this has been badly handled was there for all to see. Politics 101, I think even they would privately admit it now: never keep the party leader in the dark.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern failed miserably in terms of leadership in not owning this.

She failed miserably in trying to protect Labour Party general secretary Andrew Kirton and his actions.She failed miserably in waiting till Wednesday to get hold of this and own it.

She knew about this earlier than she has admitted to. The party are trying to protect the Princess, but she is too busy trying to keep a dog on the porch. Flying hither and thither making sure she is home each night in Auckland.

No one cares about Andrew Kirton or the president,they care about the Prime Minister. And they want to be reassured the prime minister is strong forthright, knowledgeable, capable and on top of matters. Both with the state and within her Cabinet, her party and wider organisation, she has not been.

It is James Shaw and Metiria Turei all over again: pretend it’s not a big deal, bluster your way through for a day or two hoping it will go away, and then when it’s all too late and the damage has been done, it ends up the way it was always gong to end up – but with more victims and casualties dragged in for good measure.

We now have more cases and it is likely more will come out of the woodwork. Wait until MPs are implicated in historic Summer Camp rooting.

This isn’t a case of denial in which a report can offer solace or escape. There are already too many damning details and admissions.

This report will either be ugly, or really ugly, and by failing abysmally on that night in question they dug a hole for themselves, and then when it went public, kept digging. It’s not a hole they can’t get out of. They’re six months into three years.

But the opening stanza of any government is about developing credibility and professionalism and, as so many who have contacted me so rightly ask, if after six months they’re shown not to be able run a youth camp, how they going to run a country?

They are the party that have been pushing for the voting age to lower to 16 and changing the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defence in sex abuse cases. Their virtue signalling has meant they should be held to a higher standard than any other ratbag political party.

Labour have become the Weinstein party with a legacy and history of cover-ups.

 

-NZ Herald


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