Now public figures are allowed to change their minds, especially if new information comes to hand that materially changes the situation. But we do wonder if some unidentified men in trenchcoats threatened Mr Davidson's pets because the grounds upon which he has changed his mind are - how you say? - odd.
"When you compare them [New Zealand's paid parental leave provisions] to other countries, for instance the United States, actually our state-supplied parental leave system is a very generous one. And I'm not seeing lots of Americans flocking here to take advantage of our paid parental leave."
So the Families Commissioner doesn't support extending paid parental leave because women should be back out in the workforce as soon as their tired legs can carry them. Nice one, Carl. Were the men in trenchcoats poking the dog with a sharp stick by this time?