Robert Guyton asks why Hekia Parata has been made to carry the can for the teacher ratios stuff up. And it's a fine question - the tired and cynical fingers of Bill English are all over this. And the call of "the buck stops with me" from Mrs Parata is poorly placed - as I understand it the phrase originated from Harry Truman when he was President of the USA. The equivalent in NZ is, of course, John Key - why doesn't the buck stop with him? Because he's in Europe? Back Tuesday? Not good enough. What happened to collective responsibility at Cabinet? And what are the financial implications of the backdown? Please explain.
robertguyton: The Backdown Budget