As you all know, I was quite frustrated with Key over the way he handled Judith Collins career. Â As I knew, and we all know now, she’s not done a single thing that she should step down for. Â Key wisely returned her Honourable title the instant the report came out.
But strangely, in a parallel universe, when I’m over my little spat, the fact I TXTed Key to tell him Phil Goff had leaked the SIS report to colleagues and media has been picked up by opposition and media alike to drive a wedge in.
This is their thinking: Â Goff breaking the law and leaking a report is ok. Â The PM receiving a TXT from “a blogger” identifying the leak is not.
Armstrong joins the NZ Herald scrum to take me down, but is happy to let Key take all the collateral damage at the same time.
The Prime Minister’s week of absolute, undiluted hell reached its climax in the mind-boggling revelation that he remained in seemingly cordial contact with the very person who has been a root cause of the aggravation he is now enduring – Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
In conversing with Slater – the second most-despised figure in New Zealand politics after Kim Dotcom – Key has compromised his assurance that he had no knowledge of the dirty tricks operation. Read more »