Congratulations to Dr Brash for fronting up and going to see the play The Hollow Men at the Maidment Theatre in Auckland (that’s based on Nicky Hager’s book of the same name). Dr Brash admitted some parts of The Hollow Men were spot on. I wish I knew which bits weren’t!
The Hollow Men is also topical with the announcement from the police that they are closing the file on who took the emails, and how it was carried out. Detective Inspector Harry Quinn said police had ruled out external hacking into Parliament’s computers to access the emails. TV3 reports that Brash often printed his emails, read them at home, bought them back into work, wrote ‘s’ on them meaning put them in the shredder and left them in his out-tray. Such a pattern strengthens suggestions that it was an inside job, potentially by a National staffer. It’s no wonder therefore, that John Key reacted testily to being asked if National would apologise to Nicky Hager, telling him to ‘get lost’.
This is a sensitive topic for Mr Key, especially in light of further comments from Nicky Hager that he is still receiving information from within National (and other parties). Perhaps that’s why John Key says he does not believe the police finding that hacking was not involved – the alternative of having people within his own caucus as participants in the saga would be too disturbing.
Mr Key is probably also very aware that he was never questioned in detail about his knowledge of the relationship between the outside groups such as the Brethren and business links at the time, despite his name appearing throughout the book. Given the close relationship between Dr Brash and his chosen successor I still find it hard to believe that Mr Key was not aware of at least some of the wider political strategies that the book documents.
And if you’re in Auckland and thinking of seeing the show here’s a review of an earlier production – with this comment leaping out for me “Parker makes sure we are well aware tha[t] the machine behind John Key’s elevation promises more of the same.” Time will tell.