Nick Smith has resigned all his portfolios and his resignation has been accepted.
There is always a silver lining.
Adolf has watched with interest as the Nick Smith debacle develops.
Coverage at Whaleoil has been vitriolic as the enmity of a pathetic generational family feud erupts. You could almost hear the squeals of delight from the mud hole in the corner.
The focus on Michelle Boag is a childish sideshow. All the scrutiny should be aimed at Nick Smith who, from what I can see, has acted in an extraordinarily foolish and ham-fisted way.
Whatever his positive attributes might be, they have been eclipsed. His conduct in this affair does not give one confidence he has what it takes to be a cabinet minister. If he can make such gross error of judgement in this case, when will he make the next one and it what way will it damage the country and the reputation of its government?
Seems to me he should by now have tendered his resignation to the PM and in due time, a few days or so, the PM should accept it.
Such a resignation would be politically useful. With the most strident supporter of the ETS relegated to the back benches, it will be relatively easy for John Key to repeal the legislation and disestablish the ETS in a year or so, by which time, newly elected Australian PM Tony Abbott will have nixed Gillard's appalling carbon tax and its associated ETS.