Four strikes and it’s out for Stuart Nash – now let’s see if Marama Davidson becomes a repeat offender

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It looks like Marama Davidson must revile white sis males – or some other group of our population – three more times before she gets the heave-ho as one of Chris Hipkins’ ministers.

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the PM’s treatment of Stuart Nash, whose sacking – which has made headlines around the country today – is recorded on the Beehive website.

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The headline on Hipkins’ statement was coy about the reasons for the sacking of Stuart Nash..

So was the first paragraph.

It said:

Stuart Nash dismissed from Cabinet

This evening I have advised the Governor-General to dismiss Stuart Nash from all his ministerial portfolios.

That’s all you can see on the Beehive website homepage.

Open up this item, however, and you learn that late yesterday afternoon the PM was made aware by a news outlet of an email Stuart Nash sent in March 2020 to two contacts regarding a commercial rent relief package that Cabinet had considered.

In the email Nash had set out both his opposition to the decision Cabinet reached and the position that other Cabinet members took.

This is a clear breach of collective responsibility and Cabinet confidentiality. 

Stuart Nash has fundamentally breached my trust and the trust of his Cabinet colleagues and his conduct is inexcusable.

Hipkins names the two recipients of the email and describes them as donors:  Troy Bowker and Greg Loveridge, via GRL Holdings Ltd, have both donated to Stuart Nash.

They are also commercial property owners who had an interest in the Cabinet decision.

That crosses a line that is totally unacceptable to me.

I expect Ministers to uphold the highest ethical standards and his actions raise perceptions of influence which cannot stand. 

Hipkins points out that in recent weeks he had sought and been given assurances from Nash that there were no other instances or allegations of misconduct he should be aware of.

While Stuart was on a final warning, I want to be clear that this incident would have resulted in his dismissal in its own right. I consider the matter to be a very serious one.

Three other ministers will carry bigger workloads as a consequence.

Megan Woods will be Acting Minister for Economic Development and Acting Minister of Forestry, and David Parker will be Acting Minister for Oceans and Fisheries.

Meka Whaitiri will lead the Hawke’s Bay Cyclone response until further notice.

Nash perhaps kept the PM too busy to pay much attention to Greens co-leader Marama Davidson.

But while she has apologised to him for saying “white cis men” cause most violence in the world, she told Parliament yesterday she would not be apologising to anyone else.

According to a TV one account of proceedings, National’s Louise Upston asked whether Davidson would apologise.

Davidson replied “no”.

ACT Party MP Karen Chhour was no more successful when she asked if Davidson  accepted her words about “white cis men” were “offensive and highly inappropriate to victims of family and sexual violence”.

“Will she apologise today to them, for making a mockery of such a serious issue?”

Davidson said only that she “clarified” what she intended to say.

It looks like we will have to bide our time to see if she transgresses on three more occasions.

One thought on “Four strikes and it’s out for Stuart Nash – now let’s see if Marama Davidson becomes a repeat offender

  1. Can’t wait. She really is not worth the money, is she? Has Mārama Davidson ever made a useful contribution to the running of the country? Someone? Anyone?

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