The latest right wing beat up is that Jacinda told a porkie this morning to Chris Lynch on Newstalk ZB.
In the interests of balance, as well as reality and fact checking here is the transcript. JA is Ardern and CL is Lynch.
JA – Good morning
CL – Have you spoken to Clare Curran yet?
JA – Yes I have.
CL – About what?
JA – About the past couple of days, just about what’s been going on for her. Yep as you would expect.
CL – Have you considered as Prime Minister cutting ties with Clare Curran because some would suggest she is becoming a liability to your Government.
JA – Keep in mind she did not put her appointment in a diary and she lost her position in Cabinet over it.
CL – Are you considering cutting ties with her, firing her?
JA – No, because I think she’s paid her price. I have huge expectations of my ministers and those in the ministry but I also accept that from time to time they will also have bad days. I have to keep in mind that we do want to make sure that we don’t set the bar so high that you can’t have a situation where you show a bit of human frailty and lose your job over it.
Clearly every answer that Jacinda gave was correct. She was not considering firing Curran and Curran jumped rather than was pushed. In both tone and context her answers were correct.
Perhaps she could have volunteered the information that Curran had tendered her resignation but allowing Curran the ability to announce it herself is the sort of thing a compassionate leader would do.
DPF thinks that there is some sort of conspiracy happening because the leader’s office sent him a transcript without the word “cutting ties with her”. What nonsense. Curran remains a member of the caucus. Of course Ardern is not cutting ties with Curran.
This will not stop the usual suspects from asserting otherwise, loudly.