Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hunting for witches

So, rather than running a proper, transparent tender process over Pacific economic development funding to ensure we get the best deal, the government has instead started a witch-hunt to find out who leaked information on their shonky, corrupt process. It's classic National - image-driven control freakery, focused solely on the perception, and ignoring the substance. The fact is that the government is handing out money to its mates in what seems to be a politically partisan manner, without any of the normal controls and safeguards used to ensure accountability - and they knew they were doing it. Whoever leaked the evidence of the latter is a hero, not a villain, and deserves our praise, not our condemnation.