What is really going?

This morning Darren Hughes outed himself as the MP under investigation by police, and good on him for coming forward…eventually.

It now transpires that Labour leadership have known about this for two weeks and felt that it was of no relevance to bring forward.

The Herald Reports:

“Labour leader Phil Goff said Mr Hughes had told him of the complaint a couple of weeks ago and assured him he had done nothing wrong.”

That is all fine and dandy, but what about the “high” standards that Labour have demanded from National constantly over the last two years? If the shoe was on the other foot Labour would be demanding for the MP’s resignation, demanding Key to explain why he hadn’t mentioned it earlier, demanding to know why Key hadn’t acted sooner and only acted after the media found out, and accused National of some sort of cover up!

“He said he had no reason not to believe Mr Hughes, whom he held in high regard.”

So, why is it different now that it is a Labour MP? Like I say, if John Key had made a similar statement, Labour would be having a field day about this whole thing, challenging Mr Key as to why he takes an MP’s word.

“Mr Hughes was not sent on leave immediately because Mr Goff said he did not believe the complaint was relevant to Mr Hughes’ ability to do his job as an MP.”

So what has changed? If there is nothing to worry about why can’t he still do his job?

This next quote from Phil Goff is telling in the way that he makes it:

“It’s never a pleasant experience for a complaint to be made against you as an individual and he is asserting very clearly he has done nothing, he believes, that is wrong.”

That last part of the statement is very telling. When I read this I instantly thought of two things:

  1. Goff is 100% convinced that Hughes is innocent, though he definitely thought Richard Worth was guilty.
  2. Goff is leaving wiggle room to back track if it turns out the Hughes has done something wrong.

This is starting to look a little more interesting than first thought. It was already stoking speculation. This latest lot of comments from Goff only makes the fire burn even more, because he is throwing fuel on the fire.

Also, interestingly enough, it could be looking more like they were trying to cover this up:

“A journalist had asked about a complaint against an MP on Monday and was told by a Labour spokeswoman that it was not a Labour MP.  Mr Goff said the spokeswoman was speaking in “good faith” at the time. He said only he and his leadership team had known about the issue.”

I bet, as I have said already, that if the boot was on the other foot and it was National in this situation, that Goff would be accusing the Nats of lying and covering it up. And he is already blaming National for the story being revealed:

“Mr Goff also fingerpointed the National Party for leaking the story, saying he was told it had come from the Beehive.”

I find it interesting that as of last night, no one knew anything about the incident and now we are being told that Labour leadership have known about it for two weeks. Interestingly Andrew “Three Hats” Little claims he knew nothing about it? Is Goff keeping secrets from him?

This is the last thing that the Labour party really needed. But it would appear that it is a lot of their own making now that the truth is seeping through.

With Trevor Mallard working the phones hard out from his hospital bed and Annette King ordering MPs to STFU and run for cover, this has all the hallmarks of a snow job for sure. As more and more facts emerge it will be interesting to see how Labour deals with the issue.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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