It's nice to know that the members of this government are helping to keep things in perspective for disgruntled people of the left like me.
Sure, I may moan a lot about Labour and what they should be doing, as opposed to what they actually are doing, but it comforts me to know that no matter how bad things get, we don't have a Paula Bennett in our ranks.
Bennett breached the privacy of someone who stood up to her, and this has now been confirmed by the Human Rights Commission. Bennett hasn't accepted that finding, but not because she has legal grounds to do so. She knows the matter has come to an end and that she is to face no legal consequences.
Bennett could have apologised to her victim, but instead the most we'll get is an expression of regret, and no promise not to do it again. Bill English is standing by her, and is warning that anyone who speaks up in the future against the government might face the same treatment. It speaks volume of this government's attitude to democracy and dissent.
But it's no big deal, right? Heck, it's only the Privacy Act. It's not like the law or anything.