Helen Clark has nailed her colours to the mast with regard to the sacking of the Hawke's Bay DHB by David Cunliffe. This from the Herald website: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10495759
Clark told Paul Holmes on NewstalkZB this morning:
""But my view is that I don't really care what the rights and wrongs of what was going on within the board are - I don't believe that you can run a decent health service for the people of Hawke's Bay while that is going on.""
What??? Let's just back the truck up a little. "I don't really care what the rights and wrongs of what was going on within the board are" That is an incredible admission from the PM. What she is effectively saying is that because David Cunliffe made the decision to sack the Board it was right - right, regardless of whether or not there were sufficient grounds to justify or even consider such an extreme reaction by Cunliffe.
Clark, by her unconditional support for Cunliffe, has just inserted herself squarely in the sights of the opposition parties, especially National and ACT, when the proverbial hits the fan in the House tomorrow. I wonder what Phil Goff is thinking.