John Key, on Hekia Pata, nearly a fortnight ago,
Hekia Parata, confirming Dear Leader’s assertion that she is “one of the smoothest communicators we’ve actually had”,
It takes a profound and deeply callous indifference to make light of the ongoing Novopay fiasco and the resulting stresses on teachers and school admninistrators.
Parata may have been ‘joking’ when she made her “Karma” quip.
The joke, though, is on her and on John Key. I suspect that the moment this story hit the headlines, that Key was on the phone quick-smart and gave her a simple message; “shut the -------- up!”.
As pundits have reasonable postulated, Key has evaded demands that Parata be despatched as Education Minister. (After all, only eight days ago he fired two other Ministers who were nowhere as masterful in the incompetance stakes as Ms Parata.)
The difference, as the pundits have most likely correctly guessed, is that sacking Parata would’ve been seen as caving in to teacher’s unions, school boards, parents, and anyone else that she has pissed off in the last year or so. It would’ve been a major coup for the Opposition, who are now only 22 months away from becoming the next government.
So instead of sacking Parata, Key went for Plan B; side-line her so she is Minister of Education in name only, and assigned National’s “hatchetman” – Stephen Joyce – as the real Power-behind-the-Ministerial-Leather-Throne,
In the meantime, Key’s message to Parata would’ve been simple,
And do nothing.”
As I wrote in my previous blogpost (see: National and the Cult of Buck-Passing ) on 22 Decemberlast year,
As for Hekia Parata, this blogger is ambivalent about her resigning her portfolio.
A new Minister would simply take up the reins and pursue current National Party policies. Perhaps with a new vigour. That would be of no help to this country whatsoever.
Parata’s presence as Minister of Education has an ongoing “benefit” of focusing on the ideological nuttiness of National’s education “reforms”.
National’s education portfolio is a mess because National’s policies are, in themselves, a mess.
Why take away a constant reminder of National’s failings, by sacking one of it’s most inept Ministers?
Why put a fresh, new, clean face on a cesspit of problematic policies?
Why let the Nats off the hook?
Let Parata stay. It will give voters something to think about in 2014 (if not earlier).
It seems that two of my “predictions” have come to pass,
- “A new Minister would simply take up the reins and pursue current National Party policies.” Enter: Stephen Joyce.
- ” Let Parata stay. It will give voters something to think about in 2014 (if not earlier).” With her bizarre comments, she certainly is giving voters something to think about.
When Hekia Parata referred to Karma today, I think she was missing the Big Picture. See the bite marks on Key’s $50 million arse?
Otago Daily Times: Joyce to take on handling of Novopay
NZ Herald: Parata safe in her job – Key
Dominion Post: No pay for Education Ministry staff
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