Curran and Ardern have brought in the diggers now

Clare Curran continues to dig a very deep hole, and she is dragging her prime minister in after her: Quote

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had to defend her besieged Broadcasting Minister for yet another day as Clare Curran’s role in the RNZ saga again came in for some heat.

More questions came the Prime Minister’s way on the eve of a select committee appearance sure to reignite the issue.

RNZ chairman Richard Griffin and chief executive Paul Thompson have been recalled to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee tomorrow to correct the record in what could be a sensational appearance.

They inadvertently misled the committee by saying it was a coincidence that RNZ’s former head of content Carol Hirschfeld and Curran had bumped into each other at a Wellington café last December.

Hirschfeld had insisted it was a chance encounter but it was found four months later that the breakfast meeting at the Astoria was instigated by Curran and arranged by text between the pair.

Hirschfeld was not authorised to meet the minister and her final admission led to her immediate resignation.

National leader Simon Bridges asked the Prime Minister in Parliament today whether the real reason Curran advised Griffin not to appear before the select committee tomorrow was not to correct the record faster but to ensure questions wouldn’t be able to be asked and answered in Parliament about the Hirschfeld meeting.

Bridges went on: “Was it wrong, no matter what the reason, for Clare Curran to advise the chair of New Zealand’s independent radio broadcaster, Radio New Zealand, not to appear at the upcoming select committee to answer questions?”

Ardern: “I reject the premise of that question. As has been stated, when it was found by the Minister they were unable to appear on Thursday, she left a message with the chair around the possibility of correcting the record in writing, something that the other side of the House has held the Minister to account on; correcting the record as soon as is available.” End of quote.

I wonder what Jacinda Ardern is going to say when Richard Griffin, who has nothing to lose, throws Curran under the bus, and outs her own office for interfering in Radio NZ as well. Sources in Wellington are telling me that Ardern’s office has gotten itself involved as well. This also confirms my other sources who tell me that Ardern is working the phones hard with journalists directly having “conversations” about their negative coverage. Her approach doesn’t seem to be working.

If you looked at all the questions asked yesterday you can see that National were getting both the prime minister and Curran on record. The select committee today should be explosive if my sources are correct.

The only way to staunch the bleeding is to axe Curran.

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