Hoist with his own petard

Phil Twyford has been hoist with his own petard.

When Gerry Brownlee was faced with his own breach of CAA regulations Phil Twyford has this to say: Quote:

Labour is calling on Brownlee to push the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report.

It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to flout airport security rules in the way Gerry Brownlee did. By giving him the maximum fine the CAA has rejected Mr Brownlee’s initial attempt to play down the seriousness of his offence,” Transport spokesman Phil Twyford said.

Mr Brownlee made a tonne of excuses at the time, most of them hard to believe. The only way the truth will come out is if the report is released. Either Gerry Brownlee should publically ask CAA to release it or the new Minister of Transport should order the Authority to do so.” End quote. 

The excuses that Brownlee made at the time are remarkably similar to excuses that Phil Twyford has made in this instance. I await his release of the report into his breach of CAA rules.

Winston Peters also made comments about Gerry Brownlee: Quote:

NZ First leader Winston Peters says Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee should pay for $43,550 in legal and staff costs for an inquiry into his security breach at Christchurch Airport last year.

Mr Peters released information obtained under the Official Information Act which showed the total cost included $21,275 for a peer review of the CAA’s findings by lawyer Mary Scholtens and $17,490 in staff time for the Civil Aviation Authority.

Mr Brownlee stood down as Minister of Transport and apologised for bypassing security screening in June because he and his staff were running late. He was later fined $2000 after the Civil Aviation Authority investigation.

Mr Peters said Mr Brownlee’s behaviour was “arrogant”.

He was carried away, believing as a minister he was above the law … All Mr Brownlee got for his action in July last year was a $2000 fine. Civil Aviation investigated the breach, no doubt to stop it happening again, with costs of $43,550.” End quote.

I look forward to Winston Peters likewise calling for all costs associated with Phil Twyford’s breach of CAA regulations to be paid for by Phil Twyford. I’m not sure I should hold my breath waiting for Winston Peters to describe Phil Twyford as arrogant and believing he was above the law.

I expect Twyford will be treated in the exactly the same way as Gerry Brownlee, with a full fine at the maximum.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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