The Herald reports:
Labour backbencher Greg O’Connor has received a “stern phone call” from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after criticising her handling of Clare Curran’s resignation.
O’Connor told Heather du Plessis-Allan on NewstalkZB today that Ardern’s handling of Curran’s decision to resign on Friday “could have been done better”.
“Yeah it could have been done better, I don’t think anyone will disagree with that. I’ll tell you what, it will be done better next time,” he said.
So O’Connor said that the handing of the resignation could have been done better. This surely is a self-evident truth. And he gets hauled over the coals for it.
This suggests that the PM thinks her handing of it was perfect and couldn’t be better!
A spokesman for Ardern confirmed that Ardern gave O’Connor “a stern phone call” about his comments tonight.
“She has relayed her disappointment to Greg O’Connor around his remarks, and he has affirmed his support and confidence in the Prime Minister,” the spokesman said.