Audrey Young writes:
It was not such a huge leap for Labour to demand that McCully step down because leader Andrew Little has already demanded his resignation.
Since April, he has called for six ministerial resignations: Simon Bridges over the Northland bridges promises; the minister whose brother is facing criminal charges because of what Little believes is a conflict of interest, Nick Smith after running into difficulties with Ngati Whatua and first right of refusal on excess Crown land, Te Ururoa Flavell over claims he may have influenced Maori TV to cancel a debate on Whanau Ora, Sam Lotu-Iiga over the management of the Mt Eden Corrections Facility and McCully.
Little is in danger of devaluing the importance of ministerial accountability by demanding resignations so often.
He’s acting like Chicken Little. Six demands for resignations in six months. It’s like a once trick pony.
John Key was opposition leader for two years. How many ministerial resignations did he demand? I’m not sure, but it certainly wasn’t one a month. I think the only one may have been Peters over lying to Parliament.