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God knows what the bloody hell is happening on The Nation, it still wasn't on Sunday and their press people still don't inform bloggers what the line up is (unlike TVNZ who email me three times each week). Sort it out TV3.
It's all Pike River Mine tragedy. Peter Whittall is on trying to save his expansion of the mine for those billions in coal that are still down there, he's trying to avoid criticism that is welling up now about how that gas managed to build up to levels that killed so many.
He's nervous, he wants those billions while balancing the needs of those still grieving. John Armstrong sums it up in the herald yesterday...
The target Goff will have in his sights will be Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson and what she or her department knew or did not know about what was going on at Pike River Coal.
So far, Wilkinson has been kept very much in the background. It is Key's show. And understandably so, given the magnitude.
It will probably remain Key's show. What will worry him is that Wilkinson's hands-off, laissez-faire approach to regulation and monitoring might have left National badly exposed.
Little appears to have emerged in concrete form from a public consultation exercise begun under Labour to improve "hazard management" in the underground mining industry.
Instead, Wilkinson ruled out re-instituting "check inspectors" who would be elected by fellow workers to keep an eye on safety standards.
...she ruled out 'check inspectors'??? The clock is ticking on what impact that had on the tragedy.
Holmes is attempting to blame the mine explosion on environmentalists, is it just me or has Paul Holmes been channeling the spirit of Paul Henry of late?