And no, this isn’t about the Cathedral…
John Key was down in Christchurch yesterday, making some announcements about the CBD (which I might discuss later). He did his usual – poorly designed infographic with a picture of him, tweeted out. That’s fine, I’d expect that. What I didn’t expect was that CERA would retweet it.
Not once, but a number of times. But then, if you look at the CERA twitter account, it seems to spend a lot of time retweeting Key:
Clearly, what the Prime Minister has to say is important to CERA and the recovery; however, CERA is a government department, and should remain apolitical. Posting National Party material through these channels crosses the line into political activism. Remember all those times when Brownlee has claimed that the opposition were “politicizing” the earthquakes? Well, here he is, using a massive government department to do exactly that.
Update: If you want to check the State Services guidelines, they’re here. Front page, it says
We must: – maintain the political neutrality required to enable us to work with current and future governments