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Twyford doesn’t need to resign

Transport and Housing Minister Phil Twyford has offered his resignation after it was revealed that he had been on a phone call when a plane was taking off. 

PM Jacinda Ardern rejected his offer of resignation.

Although my inner cynic tells me that his offer of resignation was just a chance to look good and repentant, that doesn’t change the fact that he shouldn’t need to resign over this.

I mean, sure, apologise, and don’t be on the phone when a plane is taking off, but this isn’t something hugely serious. No one was hurt, and that is all that matters.

There are good reasons to resign as a minister, but a mistake like this is not one of them.

You’re ok, Phil.

EDIT: Apparentley Twyford will no longer be responsible for the Civil Aviation part of his transport portfolio. Fair enough.