Rodney Hide gives a classic example of the sort of arrogance that John Key said that he has no room in his government for:
Arrogance. Prime Minister John Key warned of it when he was elected for a third term. Attorney General Chris Finlayson personifies it.
We are angry and horrified at the brutal torturing and killing of little Moko. The Crown then inexplicably downgraded the charge from murder to manslaughter. Our anger and horror turned to the Crown. How could that be?
Finlayson slammed commentary on the subject as “dangerous and ill-informed”. Of course we are ill-informed. We can’t understand the decision.
But dangerous? In what way exactly?
Finlayson promised he would explain after sentencing “in words of one syllable”. He clearly sees the commentators as stupid as well as dangerous.
Following this week’s sentencing we now have Finlayson’s explanation.
It falls shockingly short.
“Based on the evidence available for trial, there was a substantial risk that one or both of the defendants would not be convicted of the legal charge of murder or manslaughter.
“To prove the legal charge of murder in this case, the Crown was required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Moko’s fatal injuries were inflicted with murderous intent.”
I am not an expert. I do not hold office. I have not followed “robust process”.
And again I risk incurring the Attorney General’s wrath, but he is wrong.