Stubborn silence – is this the accountability we could expect if Rodney (fat chance) became PM?

August 18, 2010

Alf agrees totally with the Herald’s John Armstrong, who has admonished Rodney Hide over his refusal to say why Heather Roy was given the heave as deputy leader.

Alf didn’t drop into the press conference where ACT announced nothing much more than what everybody seemed to know (he was busy dealing with a constituent’s problems with the bloody health system).

But he keenly watched Hide handle the baying media hounds on telly last night.

The information Hide volunteered, over and beyond the sparse details in his media statement , fell far short of what the taxpaying public is entitled to know, in circumstances that result in a Minister being replaced.

It was zero, plus zilch multiplied by zippo and it came to diddly-squat.

And it exposed Hide yet again as a bloke who preaches accountability but struggles to practice it.

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Tendering policies defended

February 19, 2009

Richard Thomson, the Otago DHB chairman who was replaced this week by Health Minister Tony Ryall, has set out his side of the story on Kiwiblog in response to DPF’s observation that the Board needed some decent competitive tendering policies.

Good idea but a bit late. We had those. Funny thing about fraudsters but they tend not to bring their “contracts” before the Board, let alone competitively tender them.
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Correcting the faults in Corrections

February 17, 2009

So whose neck next goes on the block?

If you’re a betting person, the head of the Corrections Department wouldn’t be a wild wager.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has asked the State Services Commissioner to establish who is accountable for serious failings identified by the Auditor-General’s report into the management of offenders on parole.
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Amputation in Otago: off with the DHB’s head

February 17, 2009

Going, going – gone.

Richard Thomson, chair of the Otago District Health Board, has been replaced.

Errol Millar, an appointed member of the board, will take over as chair immediately.

The reason is simply set out in a ministerial media statement
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