Thursday, November 22, 2007

David Parker should be sacked

Trevor Mallard scolded the Ministry for the Environment for hiring Labour activist Clare Curran, and in Parliament today he described the decision to hire her as naive. Yet it was Minister David Parker who advised the Ministry to hire Curran - and Helen Clark said on Friday that it was Parker who was naive and it wasn't such a big deal.

So it is now naive to follow the advice of a Minister.

But tonight we found out why it is such a big deal: Parker wanted Curran to make sure Labour's election agenda was looked after. In other words he managed the selection process, which is a big deal.

A former employee at the Ministry of the Environment, Erin Leigh said she resigned over the political interferance, and so did her boss. This from the TV3 News tonight:
She was there representing David Parker's personal political agenda - it was highly unusual, my advice was to push back on the minister and it could be illegal, Leigh says.

Leigh says her warnings were ignored, and she resigned in protest before Curran started.

She says Parker wanted Curran to make sure Labour's election agenda was looked after
.If this is true - and the State Services Commission is doing another investigation on this - Parker should immediately lose his portfolios as he is not fit to be a Minster of the Crown. Two Ministers interfered with employment processes, one is gone for lying about it, the Ministry lied to the Minister about the tender, then had to apologise, and now we find out that there was not just political advice, but the Minister planted a Labour activist to further his agenda in a "neutral" public service - and a Minister lied about that in parliament today as well.

A Minister who plants what is in effect a political advisor in a Government Department should be sacked. And if Mark Prebble knew about this, he should be sacked as head of the State Services Commission for doing nothing about it because he has not upheld political neutrality of the public service - which is his %*@* job.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

I said before that Prebble and Logan should go.
This merely confirms it.
Prebble has been suborned by Labour, he is a liability to the country and for the sake of all civil servants he must go.
take whatever pension and leave.

November 22, 2007 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just Prebs and Logan - frankly every CEO needs to go right across the civil service.

(Actually I'd consider taking out everyone who is above a senior adviser :-). And, needless to say, anyone who's held any position of responsibility under this government should be banned from further civil-service employment.

The good news is that the next govt will be able to govern quite well - with a civil service about 1/3rd of the size it is now

November 22, 2007 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Keeping Stock said...

Agree Dave - Prebble is no longer competent for the role, if he cannot remember a comment from a Minister about the suitability of an employee (which is none of the Minister's business anyway!). He should stand aside, but, of course, he won't because there's nothing to see here,move on ......

November 23, 2007 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, I told you something was going on with David Parker.

Now David Parker just needs to be going.


November 24, 2007 at 7:55 AM  

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