The Teapot Tapes have leaked on to the internet. From The Jackal and many other sources.
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I’d have to say after listening to it that I’d prefer that John Banks kept his brown-nosing somewhere well away from me. I’d be worried about contagion. And John Key sounds like a boring old fart with tendency to waffle while spinning stories….
Chris Ford accurately pins down my thoughts on the remaining political impact of these tapes.
In a week when internet freedom has been very much in the news, I have to say that those who finally leaked the tape should be applauded for their actions. John Key’s futile legal attempts to keep the tape’s contents hushed up have failed abysmally. Key realises that we are living in an online age when witheld information can be leaked online at anytime. The PM laid his complaint with Police soon after the tape’s existence became known so as to prevent its release during the campaign.
Therefore, Key’s stalling tactic succeeded but he was probably hoping that any leak would come after Parliament resumed in early February. But now, the tape’s release will overshadow the first sitting day of Parliament on February 7. That’s the day John Key is obliged by Standing Orders to make his Prime Ministerial Statement to the House. Key would have wanted the day to be used for a bit of celebratory trumpet blowing in the media following his and National’s re-election. Now Winston Peters and David Shearer will ensure that it won’t be.
Update: There is a accessible version at Scoop.