National will have to lance the Sabin boil eventually, might as well be now


Claire Trevett explains the current situation

Prime Minister John Key has refused to comment on reports National MP Mike Sabin is under investigation by police but said he would be surprised if Mr Sabin was not at Waitangi this year as the local Northland MP.

Reports surfaced late last year police were investigating an assault complaint laid against Mr Sabin in Northland but neither he, the Prime Minister or Police have confirmed that.

Asked repeatedly about Mr Sabin yesterday, including when Mr Key learned of the allegations or whether Mr Sabin would be returning, Mr Key said he had nothing to say “at this time.”

“If I have something to say on it I will, but I don’t at this point.”

He did not know if Mr Sabin, the MP for Northland, planned to attend Waitangi Day celebrations as part of National’s delegation. However he would be surprised if Mr Sabin did not go as the local MP. “Let’s wait and see.” He had not spoken to Mr Sabin this year or other than when caucus met last year.

So, first I have to admonish Key for breaking the Explaining is Losing rule, and now he’s guilty of Never hug a corpse. (See: Whaleoil’s Rules of Politics)

Sabin is allegedly involved in an assault.  Nobody has come forward to the media to identify themselves as the victim/s.

Key has accepted assurances that it will all be handled quietly.  But I’m not sure if that’s OK.  At some point this is going to get into the public, and Key will be standing there with a severe amount of backsplash over him for trying to keep everything quiet.

To prevent any damage to the National Party and Key personally, Sabin should stand down for ‘personal reasons’, and a by-election should be called for a new MP for Northland.   Let’s get this over with now on our own terms before it gets forced on the National Party at a time that’s convenient to Labour and/or the Media to throw the spanner in.

Mr Sabin, 46, is also the chair of the law and order select committee in Parliament

The details are out.  Someone is just waiting for someone to blink first.  It’s going to be ugly one way or another.  Let’s lance the boil.


– NZ Herald

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