A decision to deport a convicted criminal could be made in a very few minutes.
A decision to give residency to one needs a lot more time than it got:
Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway made the decision to grant Karel Sroubek residency in less than an hour.
The revelation has led to calls from the Opposition for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to sack her Immigration Minister.
Lees-Galloway said he did not read the full file on the Czech drug smuggler, and instead “read the aspects of the file that I thought were necessary to make the decision that I made”. . .
How can you know what you need to read to make a decision if you don’t read all the information you have?
“I took the information that I had and I took the time that I felt was necessary. I read various aspects of the full file. I didn’t rely solely on the summary.” . .
Various aspects? That’s not the full file and it defies belief that he could have read even some of the information that has made this decision so inexplicable and granted residency.
National Leader Simon Bridges has renewed his call for the Prime Minister to sack Lees-Galloway over the “careless decision” after Lees-Galloway claimed he carefully considered all the relevant information.
He allowed a drug dealing gang associate to remain in New Zealand without reading all the information available to him, Bridges said.
“Either Lees-Galloway has misled the Prime Minister or she’s misled New Zealanders.
“The Prime Minister has defended that decision for the past two weeks, telling New Zealanders it was a ‘difficult decision’ but that she had been assured by Lees-Galloway he had given it ‘careful consideration’.
“We now know he hadn’t.”
An hour was not careful consideration of what was a dangerous decision and it was not acceptable due diligence from a senior Cabinet Minister, he said.
“Lees-Galloway’s credibility is now shot. The Prime Minister cannot expect the public to have confidence in any of his decisions given his careless approach to Sroubek’s residency.
“The Prime Minister now has no choice but to sack Lees-Galloway from Cabinet immediately.”
Woodhouse said Lees-Galloway had arrogantly refused to reveal the evidence upon which he made his decision, saying it was not in the public interest.
“He insisted it was a complicated decision not taken lightly.
“The Prime Minister even went as far as saying Lees-Galloway ‘shared with me the careful consideration that he gave this case… it was clearly a very difficult decision’. Only clearly it wasn’t,” Woodhouse said.
The evidence was now overwhelming that Lees-Galloway didn’t do his job, he said.
“It is now clear he made that call without asking questions and without proper consideration of the facts or the track record of the convicted criminal he was allowing to stay. Sroubek needs to go and Lees-Galloway does too.” . .
To have read all the relevant information and made that decision indicates gross incompetence or something conspiracy theorists would delight in.