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Matthew Hooton
PR consultant and lobbyist. Columnist at NZ Herald and Metro. Political commentator on RNZ and elsewhere. Opinions my own.
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Matthew Hooton 9m
Seconded. Help te reo speakers!
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Matthew Hooton 2h
Replying to @LewSOS
Ha! Maybe. I think if she has no doubts she would be defending him more strongly. “I have met the DPM and I am confident about his explanation. There is nothing to see here.”
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Matthew Hooton 2h
Replying to @LewSOS
I think it suggests she has serious doubts!
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Matthew Hooton 3h
Replying to @LewSOS
No, by inference she does have doubt, or else what does she think there is for the EC (the EC!?) to investigate?
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Matthew Hooton 3h
Complete nonsense from the Prime Minister. If at any time she has any doubt a minister might have sold policy for money she must at least suspend that minister immediately. That is her job. No one else’s.
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Matthew Hooton 4h
Just remember that New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world.
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Matthew Hooton 4h
A brutal first par.
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Matthew Hooton 5h
“But it’s not fine for ⁦⁩ to pretend its not her problem. And the longer she does, the more crooked she looks. But hey, if she wants to bleed out like ⁦⁩ defending the indefensible, then that's her problem.
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Idiot/Savant 5h
On NRT: Winston is the PM's problem -
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Matthew Hooton 5h
If she doesn’t think the answer is yes, she is required to sack him.
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Matthew Hooton 5h
She most certainly does have responsibility as PM for whether or not her ministers are behaving ethically and lawfully in all their ministerial, political and personal capacities. It is very clear in the Cabinet Manual.
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Matthew Hooton 6h
She’s wrong then. See Cabinet Manual.
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Matthew Hooton 6h
Under New Zealand’s constitution, as recorded in the Cabinet Manual, it is part of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s JD to check all her ministers are behaving lawfully in all their ministerial, political and personal capacities.
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Matthew Hooton 6h
Because it is her best option.
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Matthew Hooton 6h
Replying to @SamSachdevaNZ
She was completely ignoring her responsibilities as PM as outlined in the Cabinet Manual.
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Sam Sachdeva 6h
Is there a reason why Bridges didn't ask a single question of Ardern about the Cabinet Manual re the NZ First Foundation? I could be missing something but there's clear ministerial responsibility there unlike with a police/electoral investigation
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Matthew Hooton 6h
In parliament’s , answering questions from , is effectively saying that if Winston Peters got caught drunk driving or shoplifting a packet of smokes, it would be no concern of hers as long as he wasn’t acting as deputy prime minister.
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Matthew Hooton 6h
“And at all times”
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Matthew Hooton 6h
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