the pressure on mallard to resign is building, and the pressure on helen clark to be seen doing something about those ‘problems’ in education is also building.
the combination of screw ups/scandals in education has the govt more on the back foot than anything since orewa the first.
clark will be looking for a circuit breaker/sacrificial lamb, and mallard looks like he could be it.
a couple of beaurocrats getting the chop/censured just won’t be enough.
the problem for mallard is that in the publics mind he is forever remembered as that bloke who went around closing country schools for reasons of efficiency and economy; telling small communities he was doing it for their own good.
meanwhile down the road, taxpayer dollars were being consumed at a frightening rate.
that, plus mallard’s admission he felt something was wrong with te wananga, yet doing nothing about it, could well be what sends him past the tipping point.