Thursday, August 01, 2013

Head on a spike

Geoff Thorn, the General Manager of Parliamentary Services, has resigned. Good riddance. Thorn failed to understand the fundamentals of his job, namely the separation of the executive and legislature. Not only did he provide information on MPs' communications to Key's inquiry without their consent, he provided information on a journalist. And that's just unacceptable.

But while Thorn's resignation is welcome, it shouldn't be the only one. The Prime Minister's chief of staff, Wayne Eagleson, had a similar disregard for the separation of powers and Parliamentary Privilege, attempting to bully the information out of Parliamentary Services. He should go too.