So a woman has problems with ACC, and just happens to be a personal friend of the ACC Minister at the time. The said ACC Minister writes a letter to ACC in support of the woman.
The said ACC Minister then denies any conflict of interest.
It's all here.
Could a minister of the Crown really be stupid enough to write such a letter? To put something like this in writing?
Apparently so. What's more staggering is that Nick Smith is now denying any conflict of interest.
This is the sort of conduct National would have been demanding heads over had it occurred during Helen Clark's time in charge. The word "corruption" loses its meaning when used to describe any sort of misconduct by those holding office, but I'm sure that word would be in liberal use among National's MPs and pet bloggers had a Labour minister engaged in such conduct.
Whatever label we want to use, it cannot be disputed that Dr Smith has acted in a highly inappropriate manner. If he has any remaining credibility he will resign.
So will he resign? I think you already know the answer to that question.
Update: He did - eventually!