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Mike's Minute: Meng Foon is just another example of Govt ineptitude

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Jun 2023, 9:18AM
Photo / NZ Herald
Photo / NZ Herald

Mike's Minute: Meng Foon is just another example of Govt ineptitude

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Jun 2023, 9:18AM

I am not sure why Meng Foon was going to resign last night.

Because if you have cocked it up the way he has, you resign on a Friday and hope everyone forgets about it over the weekend. Anyway, he's gone, and his name is added to the ever-growing series of names that are sinking this government.

Stuart Nash's report was out Friday as well over conflicts of interest. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been. In Nash's case the real crimes were aired a while back and thus led to the sacking.

Ruth Dyson, remember her? She didn't have a clue about conflict given she had never read the rules.

Jan Tinetti, we are still standing by for her verdict from the Privileges Committee. She didn’t have a clue about the rules either. But her other crime is arrogance given when she was told about the rules by her staff, she still didn’t do anything about it

Michael Wood is the king of cock ups. 12 times he was told to sell his shares. It beggars belief he has survived, but I assume he’ll get sacked when the report is produced. If he isn't, that is then on Chris Hipkins as a spineless leader.

What it is about these people I have no idea. They are not like us.

Foon, or "Befoon" as he is now being called online, is another example of the inexplicable. How is it you can get millions from the government for emergency housing when you are conducting a report into emergency housing?

Add to that, the person who looks into you, after you call the police racist isn't the Justice Minister because they have to recuse themselves because they got money from you for the election. So, the deputy does the job, gets the report and decides you need to be sacked. But they sit on the report for weeks until you quit, kicking and screaming.

Andrew Little doesn’t escape either. The people who appoint the people have to be held to some level of accountability. Foon, at best, was controversial. At worst an apologist and stirrer. What the hell Little saw in him, I have no idea.

Maybe Gisborne can answer that question.

Anyway, the list of clowns grows seemingly daily. There's a stench of incompetence and arrogance, or of ineptitude and shambles.

It seems around every corner these days there is another cock up just waiting to implode or explode.

October 14th can't come soon enough.

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