Andrew Little made his mark towards the end of parliament last year by telling John Key to cut the crap over his obfuscations under questioning.
Now it is him under the cosh about what he knew, when.
He needs to follow his own advice and cut the crap.
So far the story has been, that it is paid (only after Steve Joyce busted him), and that it wasn’t a worker, but a contractor…now we get the brain fade excuse.
Asked whether he would be surprised to learn Mr McCarten had known a month earlier, Mr Little said “yes, that would be a surprise to me.”
Mr Little said the first he knew that the invoice was not paid was at the end of January.
He had asked for the invoice and paid it on Tuesday this week – the same day Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce mocked him in Parliament for it and almost three weeks after he was told about it.
Mr McCarten did not wish to comment today, but Mr Little defended him, saying the campaign was his own responsibility and was in his capacity as a Labour Party member rather than the leader or an MP. “He [McCarten] was caught in the middle of volunteers trying to sort out a situation.”
He admitted there had been a delay “but once I knew there was an invoice, I paid pretty much as quickly as I could.” Â Read more »