Last week when Patrick Gower went on about David Cunliffe last year failing to declare a personal trust in time while he awaited the official opinion on whether he had to (along with a number of other unmentioned MPs), I thought things were getting a bit silly in the personal attacks on the Labour leader. The National Party
Smear Research Unit was in full swing.
But today we had story in The Herald accusing him of visiting an expensive property in Omaha. He promptly admitted he had visited.
Clearly anyone who’s been to an expensive property in Omaha is not fit to be Prime Minister.
Imagine if someone owned a property there – that would be even worse!
But back in reality, David Cunliffe helped out a wealthy mate from his time working as a consultant at BCG.
An ex-business consultant has wealthy business consultant friends.
Clearly anyone with wealthy friends who live overseas is not fit to be Prime Minister.
Imagine if someone was really seriously wealthy themselves – that would be even worse!
But back in reality, David Cunliffe failed to mention having visited the property when asked 2 weeks ago if he had any involvement with the trust that bought the property for his wealthy mate.
Clearly whenever there’s any question to a politician they should write out a thesis on the answers of all possible questions a journalist might want to know in the future slightly related to the question being asked.
Failing to do so would be lying by omission, and we couldn’t have a liar as Prime Minister.
Imagine if we had someone who lied about things straight out – that would be even worse!
They might start saying things like “GST will not rise” and then just go ahead and raise it anyway.
And then there might be a real story, about things that actually affect us…