Pressure is mounting on Peter Dunne. He is being encouraged to leave now, instead of hang around and suffer days, possibly weeks, of intense scrutiny.
Peter Dunne is being urged to throw in the towel now, and call time on his political career.
The advice comes from another veteran of the political scene, former Labour Party president Mike Williams.
Mr Williams told TVNZ’s Q&A programme he would give Mr Dunne a simple message if he was advising him, following the GCSB leak inquiry.
“Go quickly and cleanly. He’s got two options here, that is the first one, the second is death by a thousand cuts.”
But here’s the amusing thing: Dunne may not have done anything wrong.
He may not have leaked the report.
His ambitions with Andrea Vance may never have reached beyond schoolboy Twittering and a few hot and bothered emails.
And yet, here he is, fighting for his political career, and his personal reputation.
It goes to show, in politics, it doesn’t always matter what the facts are. Sometimes it is all about how it looks.
And Peter, it may be too late now, but listen, it is rarely the original sin that undoes the politician. It is almost always the at attempt at covering up.