web analytics

Doofus of the week – March 24, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, March 25th, 2018 - 20 comments
Categories: uncategorized - Tags:

Another clear winner this week.

Jonathan Coleman announced his retirement from politics to take up a high paying gig in the private health system. Makes you wonder why he would have stood at the last election if his desire to be there was so tenuous.

Perhaps it was the failure of the National Caucus to recognise his exceptional talents.

More likely it was the powers that be realising with aghast what bad shape the health system is in. With news breaking this week that some Health buildings in Manukau have significant leaking issues and huge potential repair costs the questions what did he know and why didn’t he do something about it when he was Health Minister needed to be asked.

After all he is still in the payroll.

So Suzy Ferguson on Radio New Zealand decided to ask him that very question.  You can listen to it here.  The Spinoff website has handily compiled a transcript of what was said.  Here it is.

Susie Ferguson: … We are now able to speak to National’s outgoing spokesperson for health, Jonathan Coleman. This after Labour is pointing the finger at National, saying the problem with the rot at Middlemore Hospital buildings should have been addressed by the previous government. Mr Coleman is with us now. Good morning.

Jonathan Coleman: Good morning Susie!

SF: Were you told about the state of the Middlemore buildings?

JC: No. Not explicitly.

SF: Not explicitly? What does that mean?

JC: No, no. It means that I’m aware, I’ve been aware over time that they need injections of capital to continue to develop the site, but I was not notified that there was any sort of problem along these lines.

SF: But we had the former chair of Counties-Manukau DHB Lee Mathias on the programme just a few minutes ago, saying it was common knowledge there was mould within the walls of Middlemore Hospital buildings when she headed up the board a few years ago and that most people in Wellington knew about it. How did you not?

JC: Well, obviously I hadn’t been told about it, but, you know –

SF: That seems astonishing minister that if most people in Wellington at the ministry were aware of this, and the Counties-Manukau chair knows about it and the health minister doesn’t, isn’t that stretching incredulity to breaking point?

JC: No, it’s not actually. People don’t tell me, I don’t know. But actually Susie, we, I was informed –

SF: Why would people keep this from you, though?

JC: Susie! Susie!

JC: I don’t know, but I was informed this was not the topic of the interview so I’m a bit disappointed that once again Radio New Zealand ring up and say they want an interview on something which was simply my exit from politics and then make it about something else, but anyway, there you go.

SF: But isn’t this quite interesting –

JC: Yeah, so.

SF: Coming at this particular time that this should be such a problem –

JC: Why’s that?

SF: That seems to be pretty significant at Middlemore, and you were the health minister for some time before that –

SF: You’re saying you had absolutely no knowledge of this?

JC: No. Haven’t been told about it. Anyway, have a great day –

SF: So, what –

JC: I’m walking with my kids, and I’m leaving politics, so thanks very much Susie, bye-bye.

Coleman claimed he had only agreed to one question being asked at the end of the interview but surely former Ministers should be available to be questioned on important issues that arose under their watch?  Isn’t this the way democracy is meant to work?

Twitter had a field day.

 

20 comments on “Doofus of the week – March 24, 2018 ”

  1. adam 1

    Big thanks to the people of Northcote, you really coughed up a right tosspot in coleman.

    • AB 1.1

      Adam, in mitigation can I say I voted against the poisonous snake every time and let everyone who would listen my opinion of the bloke. Tough job in this electorate though.

      • D'Esterre 1.1.1

        AB: “Tough job in this electorate though.”

        Northcote was held by Ann Hartley for Labour, from the 1992 election, until Coleman won it in the 2005 election.

        So all is not lost. If Labour runs a strong candidate in the upcoming by-election, it could grab the seat back from the Natz.

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    Not a single Gob Bluth Segway gif. So many choices.

  3. weka 3

    Dude needs a special prize.

  4. Tricledrown 4

    Coleman an elitist snob who’s job was to rundown the health system to make way for more privatization.

    • Whispering Kate 4.1

      And the private sector has rewarded him handsomely for it. A horrible man.

    • tc 4.2

      Ryall did the hard yards in breaking it down so numpties like Coleman could continue tightening the vice.

      JC’s a total sellout however let’s not forget the prime mover and shaker was ryall who also oversaw the power generator flogging then shot through to his sinecure in 2014.

  5. Tamati Tautuhi 5

    A real neoliberal at heart ?

  6. Muttonbird 6

    Thought James Shaw might get a look in here, but agree it’s impossible to compete against Coleman.

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      A look in ? In an Auckland seat ?
      The green candidate only got 6%, the national average

      The electorate that James Shaw did run in, Wellington Central he got 15% of the electorate vote and 21% of the party vote

      • Muttonbird 6.1.1

        Sorry, I meant a look in for doofus of the week.

        Just my opinion but handing the Nats his questions does little for the new government.

  7. tracey 7

    It confirms the ridiculous trait of effectively pre prepared answers. I agree that ambush and gotcha are not helpful but neither are effectively staged interviews.

    The no surprises policy was so widely used by Nats, arguably wider than ever intended it beggars belief he didnt know. Of course now he is CEO of a company that has 3 hospitals available for rent!

    ” but it was also good to go out on top, Coleman said. ”
    To help Key and English get their obsessive surplus he forced cut after cut from our health services. He is proud of reducing their debt but overlooks the deaths and suffering as a result. They were in debt cos they have been underfunded for decades. He cut deeper and savagely.

    • D'Esterre 7.1

      Tracey: ” I agree that ambush and gotcha are not helpful….”

      I heard that interview. Such as it was… Some time after he’d hung up on her, Susie Ferguson read out the text of RNZ’s e-mail request for an interview.

      That made clear that RNZ had indeed indicated that they wanted to talk to Coleman about the Middlemore issue, as well as about his resignation.

      So: not a gotcha. Coleman is a mendacious little shite, as well as having done zip in the health portfolio during his tenure.

      No loss…

      • Venezia 7.1.1

        I agree. This latest example to avoid accountability shows Coleman’s lack of integrity. How despicable.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      I agree that ambush and gotcha are not helpful…

      But they’re sometimes the only way to get anything from these scum. Tell them that you’re going to ask questions that they don’t want to be asked and they simply won’t turn up. Coleman effectively said that:

      but I was informed this was not the topic of the interview so I’m a bit disappointed that once again Radio New Zealand ring up and say they want an interview on something which was simply my exit from politics and then make it about something else, but anyway, there you go.

      And the fact of the matter is that there’s no other way to read what he said there.

      He only turned up because he thought he was going to get to grandstand.

      • tc 7.2.1

        Like Key they only ever want to grandstand, he demanded all questions were known in advance so he could prepare the spin.

        They’re also not used to anything other than patsy questions from our owned docile obedient media. RNZ is still pretty pissweak IMO.

  8. tracey 8

    I love that Coleman has some ideas about who coukd stand in Northcote but National has a selection policy that you cant interfere with… er do cameron slater and lusk and Mitchell know this?

  9. Obtrectator 9

    The term “doofus” to my mind implies someone essentially harmless who’s made a prat of himself.

    Mr Coleman (he doesn’t merit the title “doctor”, not being a practising medic or an educator) is far worse than that, at least on the evidence offered here.

    Maybe another level should be added to this award, one that recognises serious ineptitude or malice.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Equitable response to Omicron vital
    The Green Party supports the Government’s decision to move Aotearoa New Zealand to traffic light level Red at 11.59pm tonight, but says its success will depend on the support that is made available to the most vulnerable. ...
    10 hours ago
  • How we’re preparing for Omicron
    As countries around the world experience Omicron outbreaks, we’re taking steps now to ensure we’re as prepared as possible and our communities are protected. ...
    3 days ago
  • What’s Labour achieved so far?
    Quite a bit! This Government was elected to take on the toughest issues facing Aotearoa – and that’s what we’re doing. Since the start of the pandemic, protecting lives and livelihoods has been a priority, but we’ve also made progress on long-term challenges, to deliver a future the next generation ...
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the big issues in 2022
    This year, keeping Kiwis safe from COVID will remain a key priority of the Government – but we’re also pushing ahead on some of New Zealand’s biggest long-term challenges. In 2022, we’re working to get more Kiwis into homes, reduce emissions, lift children out of poverty, and ensure people get ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand to move to Red from 11.59pm today
    All of New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the Covid Protection Framework (CPF) at 11:59pm today as Omicron is potentially now transmitting in the community, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. “Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region are now confirmed as Omicron, and a further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Mandatory boosters for key workforces progressing well
    More than 5,785 (82%) border workers eligible for a booster vaccination at 6 months have received it so far, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “That’s a really strong uptake considering we announced the requirement the week before Christmas, but we need to continue this momentum,” Chris Hipkins said. “We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ to move to Red
    Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday. These cases are in a single family that flew to Auckland on 13 January to attend a wedding and other events ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand to provide further help for Tonga
    Aotearoa New Zealand is giving an additional $2 million in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from a volcanic eruption and tsunami last weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. This brings Aotearoa New Zealand’s contribution to $3 million. “This support will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Quarterly benefit numbers show highest number of exits into work
    The Government’s strong focus on supporting more people into work is reflected in benefit figures released today which show a year-on-year fall of around 21,300 people receiving a main benefit in the December 2021 quarter, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni said. “Our response to COVID has helped ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Northland to move to Orange, NZ prepared for Omicron 
    Northland to move to Orange Rest of New Zealand stays at Orange in preparedness for Omicron All of New Zealand to move into Red in the event of Omicron community outbreak – no use of lockdowns Govt planning well advanced – new case management, close contact definition and testing rules ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • RNZAF C-130 Hercules flight departs for Tonga as Navy vessels draw nearer to Tongatapu
    A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules has departed Base Auckland Whenuapai for Tonga carrying aid supplies, as the New Zealand aid effort ramps up, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. “The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand prepared to send support to Tonga
    New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. “Following the successful surveillance and reconnaissance flight of a New Zealand P-3K2 Orion on Monday, imagery and details have been sent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to assist people of Tonga
    The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says. “Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally offered to provide assistance to Tonga,” said Nanaia Mahuta. New Zealand has made an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Record high of new homes consented continues
    In the year ended November 2021, 48,522 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the November 2020 year. In November 2021, 4,688 new dwellings were consented. Auckland’s new homes consented numbers rose 25 per cent in the last year. Annual figures for the last nine months show more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Report trumpets scope for ice cream exports
    Latest research into our premium ice cream industry suggests exporters could find new buyers in valuable overseas markets as consumers increasingly look for tip top quality in food. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash has released a new report for the Food and Beverage Information Project. The project is run by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Honouring the legacy of legendary kaumātua Muriwai Ihakara
    Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Kiri Allan expressed her great sadness and deepest condolences at the passing of esteemed kaumātua, Muriwai Ihakara. “Muriwai’s passing is not only a loss for the wider creative sector but for all of Aotearoa New Zealand. The country has lost a much beloved ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Have your say on proposed changes to make drinking water safer
    Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer. “The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly for those whose water comes from smaller supplies,” Kiri Allan said. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Planting the seeds for rewarding careers
    A boost in funding for a number of Jobs for Nature initiatives across Canterbury will provide sustainable employment opportunities for more than 70 people, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The six projects are diverse, ranging from establishing coastline trapping in Kaikōura, to setting up a native plant nursery, restoration planting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand congratulates Tonga's new Prime Minister on appointment
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Hon Hu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni on being appointed Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Tonga have an enduring bond and the Kingdom is one of our closest neighbours in the Pacific. We look forward to working with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High-tech investment extends drought forecasting for farmers and growers
    The Government is investing in the development of a new forecasting tool that makes full use of innovative climate modelling to help farmers and growers prepare for dry conditions, Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said.  The new approach, which will cost $200,000 and is being jointly funded through the Ministry for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Support for fire-hit Waiharara community
    The government will contribute $20,000 towards a Mayoral Relief Fund to support those most affected by the fires in Waiharara in the Far North, Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan says. “I have spoken to Far North Mayor John Carter about the effect the fires continue to have, on residents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Manawatū’s ‘oases of nature’ receive conservation boost
    The Government is throwing its support behind projects aimed at restoring a cluster of eco-islands and habitats in the Manawatū which were once home to kiwi and whio. “The projects, which stretch from the Ruahine Ranges to the Horowhenua coastline, will build on conservation efforts already underway and contribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago