The missing week?

Right from the get go on the Darren Hughes affair something hasn’t smelled right.

Let’s get some facts on the table as this week has unfolded.

On 1 March 2011 there was a debate at Victoria University (Tuesday Night).
In the early hours of the morning of 2 March, an 18 year old male woke up in the residence of Darren Hughes and Annette King after a hard night on the town and has found out that all was not as it seemed – according to the media he bolts and runs into the Police.

It is highly likely that the Police acted immediately, given the nature of the complaint, and if they didn’t visit the residence of Annette King and Darren Hughes that night they almost certainly would have in the next 48 hours.

It is unlikely that the lad concerned sat on this for a week before calling the police – the media report that the Police were involved almost immediately.

This then raises some very impertinent questions, that need answers:

  • What date was Annette King’s house searched?
  • Surely Annette King and/or Darren Hughes would have informed Phil Goff immediately of this?
  • What date were the police advised of the issued and commenced their investigation?
  • Where is the missing week in Phil Goff’s timeline?

The story broke on 22 March 2011. A full three weeks after the alleged indecent assault.

Phil Goff says that his leadership team, one must presume that the leadership team includes the Chief Whip and the Deputy Leader, knew about this and said nothing for two weeks. Two weeks back from when this broke is the 8th of March. That’s a full seven days after he incident happened. There is a missing week in Phil Goff’s timeline.

It is almost certain that Phil Goff would have found out much earlier than two weeks ago – It is absolutely certain that both Annette King and Darren Hughes, members of the leadership team, knew about the incident 3 weeks ago.

I think Phil Goff is being economical with the truth. There is a missing week in his explanations.

This just makes Phil Goff’s handling of the affair even worse. First his office denied any involvement of a Labour MP, hardly believable because a leadership team would clearly involve the press secretary. Then they tried to say they knew nothing about it, then they started working the gallery, finally Goff fronted after Darren Hughes named himself and brought up the two weeks timeframe after questioning from the media. From beginning to end Phil Goff and his leadership team have attempted to sweep this all under the carpet and in doing so they have exposed themselves to charges of attempting a cover-up.

The missing week is damning, it clearly shows that Labour have been trying for much longer to hide this, hoping, indeed praying that it would all go away.


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  • monty

    damn you whaleoil – damn you to hell
    I think that is just what I heard being screamed from a distance of about 3 km

  • roger

    Cam sorry mate no one cares,one expects all in the iiarbor party to be gays or lesbians but im upset at hone keys party giving NZ to the maoris tonight, theres going to be big trouble in the future in godsown,Big trouble between the white motherfuckers and the cussie bro the maori.

    • Mr. Infinity

      Ladies and gentlemen, for your reading pleasure I present to you the illegible ironic stupidity of….the left.

      • I’ll be charitable and say I recognise the fingerprint of inebriation…

  • reid

    See Cam, this is why you add value and why you’re getting increasing traction in the antique media. You think. Sometimes others don’t quite get it. Well done. You missed your real career, doing those security alarms, or maybe that was just getting you ready for this one.

    roger, personally I don’t give a fuck about distraction during the passing of this bill, for it’s not the headlines then that matters, it’s when the first court case that comes up with an outrageous result happens, that matters. And what’s Tinkerbell going to be saying then.

    If you think Hughes was leaked to ease the passage then why? Since when have the media even if they weren’t distracted by this, ever been interested in exposing what this bill will really do?

  • Doug

    Fran Mold Phil’s chief media person she must be spinning like a top, Fran may not be in employment for very long. She will have to go to TVNZ cap in hand and hope she can carry on with her old job, trouble is she has compromised her Political neutrality.

  • buffalobob

    She won’t have a clue what to do in this situation, just because she reported political news for a while doesn’t mean she is equipped to handle a shitstorm of this magnitude.

    Doug I think you will find she is incapable of spinning, but I bet she rolls really well.

  • whafe

    It is all just one big cluster fuck for Labour… I am pissing myself with laughter…..

    Be interesting to see what Sir Muckrake Mallard has to say about all this, I imagine a fair amount, the will amount to a tin of the steamy brown stuff…

    Goff, I wonder if this will seal the deal where by you accept you are waste of space and couldnt lead a piss up in a brewery!

  • reid

    So Fran Mold is his PS. No wonder he’s not been getting good press. Phil she was never any good as a broadcast journo because you could see she was a lefty a mile away.

    In case your lifetime in politics hasn’t taught you this Phil, any journalist who’s incapable of hiding their political stripes whilst pretending to be a journo – i.e. pretending to be neutral, doesn’t know their job.

    Picking her is proving to be an extremely weak move, isn’t it. Which was entirely predictable, wasn’t it.

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  • scanner

    Here’s hoping Phool escapes this one unscathed, he’s certainly turned out to be John Keys secret weapon.
    Phool, Gun, Holster, Blam, Foot, Ouch.

  • emmess

    No wonder Phil always looks so grumpy having to put up with Fran Mold all day screaming in his ear.
    “Are you going to resign? Mr Goff. Are you going to resign?”

  • camtay

    Another interesting comment was Andrew Little’s “I have no knowledge” statement…

  • cobolt

    Who’s to Darren and Annette didn’t keep this from Goff until they realised the police weren’t just going to drop it?

    • devlsadvocate

      I’d have even less respect for Goff if that was the case. If your subordinates dick you around like that, get out the axe. As a leader you may tolerate some incompetence but never outright deceit.

      Neither King nor Hughes have got it in the back (pardon the pun) so either Goff knew and has been stalling or he didn’t and is simply weak. Personally in his shoes I’d rather be the former.

      Today, Hughes handed his resignation offer to Goff on a platter. Goff refused. What will it take for the fool to make an actual decision?

  • giblet

    I would also like to know why it takes the cops so long to investigate these matters.

    On Australia’s Channel 7 network (which i can receive via satellite) they have a weekly US documentary called “48” where cameras follow local US Police murder squads in various States and the premise is that the best chance of catching an offender is within 48 hours of the crime. Time and again the cops there have found, interrogated, charged and locked up the offender within 48 hours. Here in NZ it is more like 48 weeks.

  • devlsadvocate

    (From Stuff Article:) “Mr Hughes was stood down as education spokesman and chief whip yesterday … “I believe that makes it impossible for Darren Hughes to do his job,” Mr Goff said. Mr Hughes agreed.

    “He is staying in Parliament at this point,” Mr Goff said.”

    So he’s unfit to carry out those party duties, but is perfectly alright to perform as a Member of this country’s Parliament in his current state? Is that how Labour sees the importance of their roles as Members – less important than their duties in the party? “Mate, you’re too wasted to drive my Benz, here’s the work truck keys instead”?