Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Dominion Post: Families appointment: Rankin 'surprised' by reaction

Christine Rankin says she is "really surprised" by the reaction to her controversial appointment as a Families Commissioner.

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne, architect of the Families Commission, today lambasted the appointment as "a mistake" and called on Ms Rankin to reject the position.

Ms Rankin, who recently remarried for the fourth time, said today she had not expected the furore over her appointment.

"I am really surprised by the level of reaction," said Ms Rankin

And this is entirely unsurprising. One of Rankin's signature character flaws - as publicly displayed in her court case against the State Services Commission in 2001 - was her utter inability to understand why people might have a problem with her. And it seems that she has learned absolutely nothing in the past eight years.