Ngaro apologises, sort of

Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro has apologised, sort of,  for a speech that threatened repercussions against an application for a partnership school involving Willie Jackson if Jackson cricised National during the election campaign – see Charter school threat from National MP.

Actually that sounds like a poor apology.

This has seriously embarrassed National and senior ministers have (sort of) said that Ngaro’s remarks were out of order.

Stuff:  Apology over threat to withdraw funding from Government opponents

A junior government minister has apologised to his senior colleagues for “crossing the line” after implying people who bagged the Government would lose their taxpayer funding.

National’s campaign manager and Finance Minister Steven Joyce said Ngaro realised he had crossed the line with his comments and apologised.

“He apologised to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and myself as campaign chair. He got carried away…he crossed the line.”

Joyce said Ngaro’s comments were “not the way we operate”.

“We work with providers of all types all the time; people have their political views separate to work they do with the Government. The Government doesn’t take a view on people’s political views.”

Joyce and National and Ngaro will have to do much better than this on arrogance of power, or they could crash and burn this election.

There’s potentially been a lot of damage done to National – something like this could easily precipitate the current Government’s demise.

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25 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  May 14, 2017

    He sounds thick,must be in the national govt…just saying

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    • Corky

       /  May 14, 2017

      He was overtaken by the spirit and passion of the ‘National Way.’ Must say it was a relief after the dreary borefeast Andy and Cindy put on. That chap snoring in the audience reminds of what type of person votes Labour….. those who want a free feed and a good kip.

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    • PDB

       /  May 14, 2017

      Lurch: “He sounds thick,must be in the national govt…just saying”

      I didn’t realise you were in the National govt Lurch?

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  2. Blazer

     /  May 14, 2017

    he is saying what is not meant to be said publicly,but is nevertheless…National doctrine.A form of blackmail or ‘greenmail’ this govt has to its shame…perfected.

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    • PDB

       /  May 14, 2017

      No, he spoke out of turn like a ‘bro’……..not National party policy at all.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 14, 2017

    Actually I think most of the public will side with Ngaro. It’s creepy to take Govt money and then slag them off. I don’t see Labour winning from this.

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    • Blazer

       /  May 14, 2017

      Has the world really come to this…in a supposed democracy a govt can threaten people /organisations with funding restrictions for ..criticising…them….and you believe people will…accept this,presumeably because you think this is a ‘libertarian’ ….concept?!

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      • Sorry to say it Blazer but “Has the world really come to this …?” is a rather naive question nowadays …

        Everyone’s been gambling at this ‘Game of Thrones’ for 30+ years, originally sold to us as “a level playing field” … (the biggest *CROC* ever foisted on the New Zealand public) …

        Ngaro just laid the cards on the table … and announced the actual rules …

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 15, 2017

        @B, the public will recognise this as a spat between politicians, one of which is being a creep.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 14, 2017

      No I disagree. Joyce spotted the danger:

      Joyce said Ngaro’s comments were “not the way we operate”.

      “We work with providers of all types all the time; people have their political views separate to work they do with the Government. The Government doesn’t take a view on people’s political views.”

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 15, 2017

        People take a view on politicians views. As I said, the public will side with Ngaro not Labour. Joyce is just responding for the beltway who like to be outraged.

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        • Blazer

           /  May 15, 2017

          Voltaire once wrote: “To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.’

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        • Gezza

           /  May 15, 2017

          Yep. People do take a view on politicians’ views. And in this case those that aren’t you are going to not like what Ngaro threatened. It smells of authoritarian & corrupt behaviour. The beltway here isn’t liked or paid that much attention to by the plebs imo. That stayement’s aimed over them at the give everyone a fair go crowd.

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    • Blazer

       /  May 15, 2017

      govt money’=taxpayers/citizens….money.

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    • Matt

       /  May 15, 2017

      Didi you recently immigrate from China, or have you managed somehow to live in NZ without learning anything about democracy, accountability and free speech?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 15, 2017

        Watch the polls and see if I’m right.

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        • There might have to be a specific question about Ngaro’s gaff for its effect to show up in the polls Alan … ?

          Even Kiwi politics isn’t entirely one-dimensional …

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    • He’s right … It is quite extraordinary …

      Neoliberalism has outed itself via Ngaro …

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      • Gezza

         /  May 15, 2017

        I don’t know whether I’d go that far – but Ngaro has outed himself. He’s never even been on my radar but he is now – & for that. He’ll pay for that electorally I reckon.

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        • Peculiar how when this sort of thing happens to a Labour MP the culprit is them individually PLUS the entire Labour, Lefty, SJW, Cultural-Marxist and Political Correctness movements …

          When it happens to a National MP its just them individually …

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          • Gezza

             /  May 15, 2017

            Not peculiar to me. Some people on both the left and the right have a tendency to grossly exaggerate for effect. I just tend to try & keep my head when all about me are losing theirs.

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