Shane the Muss ignores telling off from Ardern

Credit: Luke

Shane the Muss has continued to bully Air New Zealand, despite warnings from Jacinda Ardern that he had overstepped the mark.

Now he’s taken a few strides over that mark:

Government minister Shane Jones is courting fresh controversy by claiming Air NZ boss Christopher Luxon wants to be a National MP.

Jones noted that National MP Jonathan Coleman had announced his retirement, adding that people in the industry had told him that Luxon had ambitions to stand for National.

Asked if he was saying that Luxon would stand for the Northcote seat, Jones said: “That would be a step too far for me to say. I’m also told he could be interested in going to Fonterra.

“I don’t really live, mate, in that champagne bowl that they exist in.”

The dairy giant’s chief executive Theo Spierings announced he was leaving the company yesterday.

Despite claims of hypocrisy, Jones confirmed he planned to attend the airline-sponsored dinner for Barack Obama tonight.  

Asked what he would say if he had a chance to speak with Obama tonight, Jones said he would lament the fact that there didn’t appear to be a Northlander with him on his trip.

“I would have said to Obama, ‘It’s a pity that a Northlander was not there to show you the history, the heritage, and to remind you that Americans were present when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed’.

“And, ‘Don’t for a moment think that you’re not welcome in New Zealand’.”

Jones just won’t shut up. For all his care about the provinces and moaning about cancelling flights to Kapiti, he needs a little geography lesson. Paraparaumu is 48km in a straight line to Wellington Airport. Or, 57km by road. Compare that with Whangaparaoa, where I live, to Auckland Airport. It is 66km via the tunnel on SH20, or 71km via SH1. It is 40km in a straight line. I haven’t seen Shane Jones advocating for regional flight services or a new airport for those of us living north of the bridge in Auckland. The people of Kapiti must be real snowflakes if they can’t cope with what is a normal everyday commute for people in Auckland, to get to the airport at Wellington.

Jones has been embroiled in fiery exchanges over the national carrier’s decisions to cut services to regional New Zealand, including Kapiti and Kaitaia.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave him a dressing down yesterday after Jones suggested that Luxon should butt out of politics and Air NZ chairman Tony Carter should be sacked.

Jones’ attendance at the function tonight, which is co-sponsored by Air NZ, has prompted Opposition leader Simon Bridges to call Jones a hypocrite.

One day, he’s happy to slag them off. The next day, he’s happy to take their steak and wine while listening to Obama.

“There’s a word for that in Parliament that begins with ‘h’ that you’re not allowed to use, but Shane Jones is a hypocrite.”

On top of that he has just ignored Jacinda Ardern’s dressing down. She said it was a step too far and now he is several steps more past too far. What does it take to sack someone in her ministry? Lines of coke off hookers’ tits in spa pools? Snorting ritalin at Young Labour functions?

Ardern was yesterday forced to pull Jones into line for going too far.

“Calling for the sacking of any board member is a step too far and I have told Shane Jones that,” Ardern said.

The Government owns a 52 per cent share of Air NZ and has a say in the composition of the board, which is up for renewal in at the AGM in September.

But it does not have a say in how the board runs the airline’s commercial operations.

Well, so much for that. Jacinda Ardern’s tellings off clearly aren’t like those of Helen Clark and Heather Simpson.


-NZ Herald

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