I’ve got to say I’m pleased to see the recommendations of the Pike River report and the fact that it looks like the government will be putting them in place.
I’m not so happy about the reaction to the the resignation of Kate Wilkinson. She’s not brave, and her losing the labour portfolio doesn’t change the fact that the government that blocked changes that would quite likely have stopped the pike tragedy from happening.
This is about more than just Kate Wilkinson. It’s about a political and business culture that has turned concerns for health and safety into a “political correctness gone mad” joke – at a cost of the lives and limbs of Kiwi workers.
It’s not a joke I find funny at all. Certainly not as funny as Gerry Brownlee did when the government kicked mine safety changes to touch: