Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has been quick to try and blame his own staff for the Chinese meat fiasco:
‘Simple’ mistake has Guy disappointed in officials
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has heaped blame for a major Chinese trade block at the feet of his officials. …
“I’m very disappointed in my officials, issuing export certification is really their core business and I’m disappointed in how this issue has come to bear,” he said.
Responsibility? Leadership? Somebody lend Guy a dictionary so he can look them up. Fortunately opposition parties and the PSA have responded:
Minister ‘must take responsibility’ for meat saga
Bad form for minister to humiliate officials – PSA
The whole mess looks like yet another unintended consequence of the Nats’ war on the public service. They have cut at least 168 jobs in the Ministry for Primary Industries. If mistakes are being made it is no wonder – and the blame for this fiasco lies with National’s cuts.