Nick Smith has just announced to the House he has resigned as a Minister of the Crown, and John Key has accepted his resignation.
A sad end to his ministerial career. It’s a stark reminder that Ministers must be like Caesar’s wife – above suspicion, in matters of personal advocacy – especially in your own portfolio area.
Nick has a very solid record of achievement as a Minister in the 4th and 5th National Governments. He should be proud of his achievements in diverse areas. He will be missed as a Minister by his colleagues.