Will it be "high noon" for Sherriff Cunliffe this afternoon as Parliament resumes and the House gets its first opportunity to question him over the Hawke's Bay DHB sacking and related matters? The Herald opines: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10495972
Helen Clark too must be called to account for her extraordinary comments to Paul Holmes yesterday that "I don’t really care what the rights and wrongs of what was going on within the board are" and her unconditional support for Cunliffe.
I would be surprised if there is not an application from National for an urgent debate this afternoon, and stunned if Margaret Wilson found any reason to rule against such a request. David Cunliffe has made a decision to override the democratic rights of local body electors in the Hawkes Bay, and must be called to account for his reasons. Anything less from the Minister, former Health Ministers and the PM will only reinforce the widely held perception that the circumstances surrounding the appointment of Peter Hausmman to the DHB, the awarding of contracts to Peter Hausmann, and the duplicity of the DHB management carry a stench like a fish left in the Hawkes Bay sunshine for too long.
UPDATE: No less than four out of 12 questions in the House today concern Baygate - Key to Clark on confidence in Cunliffe, two from Ryall to Cunliffe, and the last question of the day is from Judith Collins to the Minister for Social Development on contract protocols. Will fur fly?