So, Nick Smith’s brother, Tim Smith, was up on 21 charges from Environment Canterbury for unconsented discharges and buildings at the very same time as Smith was vilifying ECan in the House, then ramming through legislation abolishing the democratically-elected council and replacing it with the government’s unaccountable mates.
Ministers are meant to be above suspicion of corruption. At the very least, Smith should have notified the public of this apparent conflict of interest. Instead, he kept it quiet.
I guess sitting around a cabinet table where half of the members have rorted their expenses in one way or another, lying is routine, and there is concerted campaign to suppress the fact that the 3 strikes bill will encourage more murders, Nick Smith just felt his behaviour was par for the course.