'Blindsided' PM calls for Immigration Investigation
New Zealand Herald
19-May-2008 (3 comments)

Prime Minister Helen Clark has ordered an independent inquiry into the Immigration Service, saying the Cabinet's confidence has been "somewhat shattered" by the scandals that have unfolded inside it. The former head of the service, Mary Anne Thompson, resigned last week after police were called in by the State Services Commission to investigate allegations that she had falsely claimed to hold a doctorate from the London School of Economics (LSE) when she applied for public service positions.

Niki Tehranchi

Willful Blindness

by Niki Tehranchi on

The New Zealand PM's mistake is understandable. I mean, I myself always assumed Dr. Seuss had a PhD because everyone called him "Dr."


Niki Tehranchi

Good Point Irandokht

by Niki Tehranchi on

Supertitle should have been: Did anyone check Mohandes Ahmadinejad's resume?


Hi Niki :0)

by IRANdokht on

I understand how strange this discovery must have felt for them though... they're not used to calling everyone "aghayeh mohandes" or "doctor joon" like it's customary in Iran.

I think we've learned to be more skeptical of people's claims, whether it's due to the free titles they give away in Iran when addressing people or all the masters and doctorate degrees you see on the personal profiles of used car salesmen and mechanics in So Cal