Herald, 21 December. Paula Bennett details the hideous abuse of a 9-year-old girl found shortly before by police. Says: “As soon as this case was brought to my attention I started demanding answers.” “I hope to God justice comes.” Today revealed, the child’s mother and teacher each separately wrote to John Key months before. Letters were transferred to… Paula Bennett.
So no, she didn’t start “demanding answers” as soon as she heard about this case. Didn’t do anything. Despite the warnings. Ignored the letters. Went on a six-week paid holiday. Luckily, the police found the girl.
Posing for picture looking sad on a swing for the Herald didn’t help that girl. Didn’t save her toenail ripped out and boiling water poured on it, did it? Why “hope to God” when you could have done something yourself? Because you don’t give a shit. Because you’re too damn lazy to do your job when it matters. But never too busy for a photo-op and a bit of self-aggrandisement.