ACC inquiry essential

There are too many obvious problems and unanswered questions regarding ACC. Minister Judith Collins has inherited a decade or more of unresolved issues. She must surely address this with an inquiry into the management, culture, privacy and direction of ACC.

Last night TV3 had a report on ACC which featured an interview with Bronwyn Pullar.

The Eye of the Storm

Secret tapes, threats and a minister’s resignation. At the centre of the ACC privacy fiasco is the whistleblower, Bronwyn Pullar.

That confirmed some of the concerns and raised more. Eyebrows, already raised, have been elevated across the political spectrum. Demands for action have already begun.

Kevin Hague says ACC chairman John Judge should be removed after a television interview with Bronwyn…

What ACC does and how it does it has a huge impact on the lives of many injury victims.

The lack of security of private information does not look incompetent, it looks bizarrely incompetent at best. One monumental blunder might be excusable – if it is seen to be dealt with properly. But instead it seems to be a continuing line of basic balls-ups. Unless it’s worse than that.

Judith Collins needs to act quickly and decisively to address the serious issues surrounding ACC. Otherwise it won’t just be ACC “clients” needing rehabilitation, it will be Collins’ career, and the National Government.

National sunk by Missile Boag?

National have big problems, both party internal and in Government. This is largely due to one person, long time power player Michelle Boag.

The latest leak, a letter with a list of 28 which is purported to be a `claims support’ or `advisory team’ for Bronwyn Pullar, is bizarre. It just doesn’t make sense in the real world. It looks more like an excessive and nonsensical case of name dropping. Sovereign Insurance have apparently said the letter and campaign led by Boag damaged Pullar’s case. That wouldn’t be surprising.

John Key has said list is wrong, he was never involved. Jenny Shipley said she ws not aware of any list.

Close Up said Ms Boag told them she did not remember any letter and did not remember writing to Sovereign herself. Yeah, right. Maybe she concocts lists of names all the time to try and push her interests.

Nick Smith is already a casualty of the Boag approach to power patronage.

Judith Collins has been attacked but it looks like she may have avoided being sucked in to the Michele manipulations.

It may be that the future of the current National Government is dependant on a non-MP, Boag.

If Boag has the nous to see what damage she has caused (and that the damage may get much worse), and if she has the humility to front up and accept responsibility for the mess she has made and deal with it, then National may survive this without any more major parliamentary casulaties.

That’s a big IF. Boag has never looked the type to gracefully fall on her own sword. Her arrogant power playing may end up being the Michele that sinks Key’s national.