New Zealand PM demotes idiot Health Minister
Wellington: New Zealand's Health Minister described himself as "an idiot" on Tuesday for breaking lockdown restrictions, but kept his job coordinating the South Pacific nation's COVID-19 response. Health Minister David Clark said he offered his resignation to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after revealing he took a 20-kilometre (12.5-mile) drive to the beach with his family. Clark admitted the trip was a clear breach of the country's strict lockdown rules, under which families must stay close to home, and his position meant he should have been setting an example." At a time when we are asking New Zealanders to make historic sacrifices, I've let the team down," he said in a statement."I've been an idiot and I understand why people will be angry with me."
Ardern said under normal circumstances, she would have sacked Clark -- but instead, she stripped him of the junior role of associated finance minister and demoted him in the cabinet rankings.