Another day, another minister breaking the rules.
On the Dental Artistry website, Rodney Hide has written:
‘Thanks for the fantastic job! I was so sick of having my teeth break and wear away, and with the job I’m in it’s important to look presentable. I didn’t do this lightly, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never felt better and I enjoy smiling a lot more.’
The Cabinet Manual states:
2.87 No Minister should endorse in any media any product or service.
Is it a little thing? Perhaps, although from what I can tell Hide made the endorsement after becoming a minister; he didn’t make it as an MP and forget to withdraw it when he became a minister as he claims.
It will come as no surprise to you to hear John Key is “relaxed”. Guess all that whale watching is good for the stress levels.
This is yet another instance of Key failing to live up to his promise to demand higher standards from his ministers.