Who said profit was all bad, anyway?
It seemed as good as any other explanation I've read about this.
Given Heatley's dodgy relationship with the distinction between public and private spending had been in the news since last year - and that Key's office released the figures to the DominionPost - I'm sure the situation was hardly a surprise. Though Key's scramble back from Chch suggests the timing of Heatley's departure was.
I'm not suggesting they carefully manipulated things to conicide with a particular day's news. They didn't need to, given how journos have become increasingly fixated on the 'game' of politics rather than the content.
nobody else is talking about any of these subjects, right?
Not on the 6pm tv bulletins last night, no.
Trying to make sense of the story, Marty at Te Standard speculates that if Heatley had fessed up to general credit card misuse then Brownlee would have had to go as well.
Of course nothing else of any significance is happening either here or overseas.
And didn't it work a treat on the tv news last night? Both channels. As if ACC changes, tax rises, unemployment, Canterbury water, mining national parks, education standards, RNZ funding, etc, weren't going on at all.
If you want some nice wine (more accurately, nice drug) with your dinner, fuckin fork out for it yourself.
I believe that's what his staff had been telling him for some time. Still, entitled masters of the universe like this current crop can be rather hard of hearing.
Must be even harder to grasp it's wrong when you look around and see others getting away with rorts on the scale of English's housing one. And your leader saying it's only human to "make mistakes". Ooops, I slipped and accidentally charged my personal entertainment to the public.
An honourable person wouldn't have done it in the first place, so no brownie points from me for fessing up on the day the figures get made public anyway.
Talking out one's arse?
the astonishing news that ... the leader of the Save RNZ Facebook campaign is a media studies lecturer who worked for Labour for a bit?
Jake Quinn has even had a blog for some time. Hardly a secret agent.
Do I have to do everything?
Hey I did dig those annual report stats out earlier.. :)