Health Minister David Clark has been demoted after driving his family 20km to a beach to go for a walk in the first weekend of the lockdown – a breach that the Prime Minister says he would normally be sacked for.
“At a time when we are asking New Zealanders to make historic sacrifices I’ve let the team down. I’ve been an idiot,” Clark said in a statement this morning.
Clark, who offered his resignation, sounded forlorn as he started a round of media calls this morning, saying he felt “like a complete dick to be honest”.
Speaking to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking this morning, Clark said he “wasn’t thinking” when he drove to the beach with his family.
…if David thought Jacinda was pissed last night when she found out, it was nothing compared to the grilling an incredibly uncomfortable David Clark had to face from a very, very, very, very frustrated John Campbell this morning on TVNZ Breakfast.
John repeatedly demanded to know what on earth was the Minister thinking.
Clearly the Minister wasn’t thinking.
Again, I cut David some slack because being the Minister of Health during pandemic is the most difficult job in the world, but repeatedly breaching the rules is jaw droppingly dumb.
He had to be reprimanded.
When John Campbell is personally disappointed in you, it’s the worst thing in the world.
I’d prefer low level amputation than have to go through what he righteously did to David Clark this morning.