The electorate knows right from wrong. By not calling for Turei’s resignation, and opting instead for asking for her resignation from a post she not hold, Ardern has effectively given Turei her support. This is not surprising given the hard left credentials of Ardern. Ardern was the leader International Union of Socialist Youth. Here she is demonstrating her hard left Socialist credential using the term 'comrade' 15 times.
Rachel Smalley articulates the problem for Labour and the Greens posed by Ardern’s tacit support of Turei in this interview. Please listen to it.
“It’s not just that Metiria broke the law, or even that she used her fraud to score political points – it’s that in coming clean, she misled the public. The more information emerges, the less credibility Metiria has as a potential Cabinet member.
“She’s let down every honest beneficiary and voter by suggesting it’s normal to lie to WINZ and the electoral commission. If Metiria Turei wants to continue her political career, I’d suggest restarting the McGillicuddy Serious Party.
“James Shaw has some thinking to do too. If I was him, I’d be clearing my diary for a difficult conversation with Metiria.”