Yes. It's one reason I left the public service after National got in. Their weaselly VFM bullshit gave a licence to every closet arsehole in the public sector. Tone comes from the top, but its the front line who let it happen.
I, too, was very pleased to have got out in 2005. Labour's third term wasn't a lot of fun and I could see the Nats getting in for an extended period. Time to jump.
Key was a surfer on the human wave. He rode it, but he did not cause the wave.
"Only six people in the Galaxy knew that the job of the Galactic President was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it.
Zaphod Beeblebrox was amazingly good at his job."
pining for the fjords