Phil Heatley - Pushed or shoved?
Phil Heatley resigns as minister
Phil Heatley has resigned from his housing and fisheries portfolios after this week apologising to John Key for misusing a ministerial credit card. At a media conference today, Mr Heatley said he had offered his resignation to Prime Minister John Key this morning, and the resignation was accepted. "It's been a privilege to serve the people of New Zealand as a Cabinet minister in this National Government but I believe I've failed to live up my own standard and for that and for that I'm embarrassed and immensely sorry," Mr Heatley said. "The decision today comes after I've had a closer look at my ministerial credit card expenses covering the past 18 months.
Pushed or shoved? Both? John Key said at the beginning of the week that what Phil did wasn't a sackable offense - today it is? This was my favourite bit from the Stuff article...
This morning's press conference lasted just five minutes, with an emotional Mr Heatley reading a prepared statement and answering only a handful of questions before staff led him from the room.
...heh, staff led him from the room, smells like there is blood in the water here, he's referred himself to the Auditor-General, that's as close to political suicide as one gets in NZ.
I think there is a second shoe waiting to drop here.