No Minister

The Moment I Found Out

I published this piece on September 12, 2019 but it’s just too perfect not to post it again today in light of this incredible bullshit from the Labour-led government:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is quite rightly “incredibly angry” at her officials for pushing out incorrect Covid-19 testing information.

My original post was simply a full re-production and link to a brutal piece from the satirical website, The Civilian, that likely will never make the MSM but which deserves much wider coverage, so re-produced in full here.

The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly

By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern


I am every bit as angry as you are.

I am every bit as disappointed as you must be.

The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I am running out of patience with them, and the way they continually let us down, while helpless people like you and me stand by and can only watch failure after failure.

I can assure you, earnestly, that the moment I found out about the fact that you had found out about the facts, I acted immediately to see what the situation was.

I would never sit on my hands if it ever became apparent to me that something had become apparent to you, and that’s my promise.

I was immensely disappointed to learn that our party president, Nigel Haworth, had conducted himself this way. Again.

If I had foreseen that he could do something like this (again), then I would never have let him get away with it in the first place again.

Some of you are still not satisfied with the extent of my involvement in this, and that’s okay (legally).

But it was only on Monday that I learned that you had learned that Paula Bennett had learned that others had learned, and the moment I heard that others had heard, and that Grant had heard, and that Mike had heard and Rob had heard, then I acted swiftly to wait for Nigel to resign.

I was fixing myself a coffee on Monday night and Clarke said to me “What’s all this about? Didn’t you know about this five weeks ago?”
And I said “I didn’t know the extent of it! I thought it was just bullying!”

I never promised that our party would be free of bullying. Government is about compromise, and we are in a coalition with New Zealand First.

I know that many of you are sceptical of us now, in large part because this has happened not once, but twice. But if you can find it in yourself to put your trust in me once again, then I promise you there will not be a fourth time.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 31, 2020 at 9:18 am

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  1. If you are a good engineer you only tackle projects you know you can accomplish.

    Same with first rank scientists actually, they look into problems they know they can solve

    But politicians pretend they can solve problems they have no comprehension of, no understanding of the driving mechanisms behind them – it is a case of folos rush in where angels fear to tread..

    Double talk and spin can take you a long way but the real world will do its thing without regard to fancy rhetoric


    August 31, 2020 at 10:05 am

    • Politicians define a solution and then manufacture a problem to match.


      August 31, 2020 at 12:36 pm

  2. Oscar Wilde said life imitates art, but with the Labour led government, life imitates farce.

    John JohnO

    August 31, 2020 at 10:08 am

  3. I think our appointed, Part Time, Prime Minister adheres to the philosophy that – bullshit baffles brains.

    That has never worked before and is not working now.


    August 31, 2020 at 10:22 am

  4. I think that if this government achieved anything other than ineptitude people will be shocked and put it down to dumb luck. At least they have a direction now, more down a drainpipe than spinning in circles.

    If the media get labour into power again, I suspect they will get what they deserve.


    August 31, 2020 at 10:53 am

  5. Definitely the right time to post again. What really worries me is the failure to learn from mistakes.


    August 31, 2020 at 11:01 am

  6. Got stung with conflicting info when I had to go into self isolation some three weeks ago (as I described at times here on No Minister) and now as a Westie with this crap yesterday morning. Which threw our household into a flurry of plannibg activity about who, when, how and where we would effect our testing as per the Herald’s accurate report of the MoH’s headline.

    Don’t need the Vet over-egging anything and everything to know this government is bloody incompetent. And yeah, very amusing satire of the word salad and “concerny face” and not owning the problem personally when you are at the top of the totem pole. And what we get treated to when the cock ups occur. Wanna lose buy in? This is how you do it.


    August 31, 2020 at 11:06 am

  7. The sheep were only allowed out of level 4 to level 3 two full weeks after new cases were down to low single digits. They weren’t allowed down to level 2 until zero daily cases were the norm. Even then, L3 was kept on for an extra week, at much economic cost.

    Yet this time they’re allowed into level 2 when there is still CT happening, complete with untraceable CT.

    Why the change? Occam’s razor says it’s because an election is around the corner and Ardern & co are desperate to get that out of the way before the economic chickens come home to roost.

    John JohnO

    August 31, 2020 at 12:31 pm

  8. And the Sheep will still vote for her !

    Papa Mike

    August 31, 2020 at 2:33 pm

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