Murray McCully has been described as a “seagull Minister, one who flies in, squawks loudly, poops over everyone and flies away again.” Today in the House he squawked, pooped over his Chief Executive and flew away from any responsibility for the the restructuring of MFAT, the third of the National government’s restructuring messes on show.
According to McCully, the restructuring mess was nothing to do with him. It was all down to the Chief Executive, John Allen. You can watch him squirming here, under pressure from Phil Goff and an obviously unimpressed Speaker.
But that wasn’t what McCully was saying nine months ago. Then he was impatient, on a mission to change the culture, working closely with his new appointee John Allen.
McCully’s recipe for trimming MFAT, with more contracting out or “outsourcing”, was strongly supported by former diplomat Charles Finny, perhaps not surprisingly as Charles Finny was later revealed to be the beneficiary of a contract from the Ministry to the tune of around $54,000. That contract apparently was not tendered; Finny was just appointed to it, a process happening all too often under this government.
John Key better get his knighthood soon. The wheels are starting to come off his government.