What does it take for Jacinda to sack Curran?

Jacinda Ardern has stated that it would have been better for someone other than Clare Curran to have called Richard Griffin.

If that is the case then it is just another error of judgment from this inept minister. It then begs the question; What does it take for Jacinda Ardern to sack Clare Curran?

Lucy Bennett at the Herald reports:

It would have been better for someone other than Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran to call RNZ chairman Richard Griffin over his reappearance at a select committee, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Curran has denied reports that she suggested Griffin should stay away from the select committee but says she left a message on his phone saying he didn’t have to appear in person.

“After receiving some advice from the Office of the Leader of the House I made a phone call to him suggesting that if he couldn’t attend in person that the record [to] be corrected could be corrected by letter,” Curran told reporters today.

Newstalk ZB’s political editor Barry Soper reported that Griffin had received a suggestion he stay away from the select committee which has recalled him and RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson over the Carol Hirschfeld affair.

Ardern, who has spoken to Curran, told reporters her Minister’s primary concern was that the record be corrected as soon as possible.

“She’s advised me that when she found out that Radio New Zealand were no longer able to appear at the committee, her concern was that the record be corrected as soon as possible so that she contacted the chair to advise of an alternative option to make sure that was able to happen.”

Ardern conceded, however, that there were other ways Curran could have passed on that message.

“Under the circumstances it would have been cleaner to have either someone from the select committee office or the Leader of the House pass on that advice. Ultimately though, the Minister’s focus was on getting the record corrected. It’s something she’d been criticised for in the past. When she found out they were already scheduled to come in the following Thursday, she left it at that.”

Thompson and Griffin will reappear before the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee on Thursday after inadvertently misleading the committee earlier by saying it was a coincidence that Hirschfeld and Curran had bumped into each other in Wellington’s Astoria café.

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What a bumbling, inept minister she is. She has no idea from one moment to the next about what it is she is supposed to do. Her answers to questions by journalists and in the house are a travesty with their hesitancy and their obfuscation. The biggest joke of all is this minister is the minister for Open Government.

She should resign and become Labour’s April Fool.


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