In politics, one week is a long time.
And for this year, the week on either side of Queen’s birthday weekend was especially interesting. And particularly hectic for some key people!
Mickysavage has raised the point that both the events relating to the Prime Minister John Key demanding Minister Peter Dunne’s resignation, and the Speaker David Carter offering Dunne a lifeline, look really shonky and need to be looked at simultaneously: http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-09062013/#comment-645778
It was almost exactly a week (well, short of nine minutes) from the time of the Electoral Commission’s announcement of United Future’s deregistration (initiated by the request from the UF party president) to the statement given by Peter Dunne following his resignation as Minister.
Do you agree that given the events that unfolded during that time, the speed and nature of decisions taken smacked of businesslike ruthlessness and bankster efficiency?
A skeletal timeline has been constructed below for readers to peruse, offer their comments and contribute other publicly available information and links.
Thursday 30 May:
“PM supports Dunne over spy leak claims (Tracy Watkins)
Friday 31 May:
Anticipated deadline for the David Henry report “Inquiry into the unauthorised release of information relating to the GCSB compliance review report”
Friday 31 May, 4:17pm:
Following the request from United Future’s party president to cancel registration for the party, the Electoral Commission makes the public announcement about the de-registration
Saturday 1 June – Monday 3 June:
Queen’s Birthday weekend
Tuesday 4 June, afternoon:
Parliamentary Question #4 in the House – Rt Hon Winston Peters asks a series of questions about leaks (briefing about Novopay needing fundamental redesign & IRD involvement in sorting out the mess; GCSB internal survey & low morale; Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee members being muzzled from asking about Dotcom)
Wednesday 5 June, 2pm~:
Speaker states he has written to Peter Dunne about ongoing registration of United Future
Wednesday 5 June, evening
“Mr Henry’s report was delivered to the Prime Minister on the evening of Wednesday, 5 June” (but not released until Friday 7 June)
Thursday 6 June, afternoon
Speaker’s ruling on United Future: “In the meantime, the United Future Party remains a recognised party under Standing Orders.”
Friday 7 June, 3:20pm
PM releases leak report & accepts Minister’s resignation
Friday 7 June, 4:08pm
Statement By Hon Peter Dunne MP