Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Clark's indecision has made crisis

Wyatt Creech

Acting Leader of the Opposition


Wednesday 28 January 2000

Clark's indecision has made crisis

Helen Clark has created a crisis for herself by switching ground and undermining the Minister of Maori Affairs, but failing to deliver with his resignation, Acting Leader of the Opposition Wyatt Creech said today.

"Every step of the way, Helen Clark has mis-handled this affair. If her interests were really with the "closing the gaps" policy, she would have acted decisively but she's been incapable of doing that throughout this affair.

"Instead of acting, she has constantly shifted ground. No one knows what she's planning from day to day. At the very least, a Prime Minister has to provide leadership to maintain stability and confidence in the Government.

"But even her own caucus is in the dark about where she's heading on this one.

"She knew about the Dover Samuels affair for six months but didn't act until it became an intolerable public scandal

"She admitted yesterday that when the young woman's mother contacted her office 11 days ago they went to the police, but she continued to defend the Minister and made sure the public did not hear about it.

"Just last week she was adamant he would survive as a Minister as long as there was no criminality:"

Asked if Mr Samuels could come back as a minister, she said: "Of course he can. If the investigation comes to the conclusion that there are no grounds for criminal charges, which is Mr Samuels' belief, he will be back." - "Holmes" Wednesday 21 June

"What changed? Does Helen Clark know something she hasn't said - in which case she should come clean.

"Or is it just that she sees her judgement has been wrong all along? She picked this one wrong from the outset. She has realised that she made the wrong call and is sacrificing Dover Samuels for the sake of her own credibility," Mr Creech said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news