Nick Smith’s got it wrong – again.
In a severe insult to irony he threatened bully-boy legal action against anyone who might call him a bully. And he did try and bully Fish and Game out of their statutory obligations – the papers released to Radio NZ from the meeting show as much:
But notes obtained by Radio New Zealand News from the meeting where Dr Smith is accused of making the comments quote him saying its “perks of being a statutory body could go” if it continues to behave like a “rabid NGO.”
“I’m a fan of Fish and Game” however the legislation “requires a tweak,” the notes say.
The notes say Dr Smith referred to billboards erected by Fish and Game in Canterbury asking: “Irrigation – how much is too much?” as a “problem politically.” The notes say Dr Smith told council members “not to be noisy” and “when you cause trouble you burn goodwill.”
It’s the word of at least 5 – plus official notes – against the word of a politician who’s been caught lying before; just who are we meant to believe?
Nick Smith can only ever have been back on probation after his interfering in ACC for a friend, and his reputation for muzzling DoC over Ruataniwha shows a distinct precedent to what we have here. And that’s before we go further back into his troubled past.
He should resign his ministerial warrant and never be let near one again…