Danyl McLauchlan is a good blogger, he will call things straight, he is what I call an honourable lefty…plus his satire when he unleashes it is bloody funny. However he is deadly serious on the Cosgrove Affair:
Hereâ€™s the problem: While Clayton Cosgrove knows his own soul and is confident he did nothing wrong, thereâ€™s no way for the public to discern between an honest MP who drafts a bill in good faith and just happens to receive a very large donation from a company which benefits from it, and a corrupt MP who takes a payment from a company for drafting a bill. Which is why MPs usually go out of their way to avoid this kind of confusion, and declare conflicts of interests when intersections of money, friendship and legislation pop up.
Labour (rightly) demanded that Nick Smith stop[sic] down over the ACC affair, and that John Banks step down over the Sky City donations: I donâ€™t see how they can keep Cosgrove on the front bench.