While I was away I heard the Marmite crisis predicted last year has actually bitten — hard. I didn’t know Nick Smith was the Minister responsible for Marmite, but, well, yeah, I can see he really had to go. Accountability.

Marmite stocks exhausted. Minister resigns. Fair enough too. (pics: thedailywh.at and Fairfax)

On a serious note, Smith’s cronyism has added more weight to those suggesting an image of sleaze has attached to the National Government. Stephen McElrea, Wayne Mapp, …

– P