Let's stop the equivocation; Judith Collins has to go. She's caught in a clear conflict of interest that hasn't been declared properly or in a timely fashion. That's totally unacceptable.
What's Regular John done to piss me off this time? Where do I start? From the beginning, I suppose:
- He's given Mrs Collins a "final warning". Too soft, dismiss her.
- He's described the behaviour as "...cumulative effects of her interactions...could lead to a perception of a conflict of interest". Ummm, no, it's much worse than that. Any of the individual interactions do lead to the perception. And forget the perception, there's a real conflict of interest.
- He's applied a different standard to himself than he has to Mrs Collins, as folllows:
"Judith had a responsibility when she was asked the questions not just to answer the question directly but to tell me and the New Zealand public everything that had gone on," [Mr Key] said.
In the spirit of "telling the NZ public everything", let's see the advice you relied on, Mr PM, so we can confirm that the failure to check the non-English version of the website is the only incorrect piece of the advice.
Let's sort that out for starters and see what happens next.
Therapy? - Troublegum, 1994