Part of the problem is that under any normal circumstances Cabinet Minister Judith Collins would have been sacked for trading dirty secrets with Cameron Slater, the low-life blogger WhaleOil.
But none of this is normal. Because the prime minister, and others in his office, have been ringing and gossiping with him too. Key can hardly sack a minister for something he’s been neck-deep in as well.
So there is no question in Garner’s mind that Key has been doing something he should sack Collins for – yet the logical conclusion – that Key should be sacked too remains unsaid.
And later regarding the Phil Goff OIA abuse he makes it clear that:
Who do we hold accountable? Why isn’t the prime minister on top of this? Do we really think some bureaucrat from the SIS made this highly political decision? Of course not.
the Prime Minister is also neck-deep in this as well.
Garner is perfectly aware of the dirt, sleaze and abuse of power going right to the top. He knows that Key has fatally compromised himself by associating with and validating Cameron Slater’s brand of sociopathic filth.
And yet despite this plain awareness Garner writes:
But he has to get on with it. Key’s line this week that the ‘‘cowardly hacker has stolen your election’’ is a good start, but National needs much more than that. Key has looked unsure on television all week – he’s looked unconvincing. The nice guy has gone.
So, for Key, it all starts tomorrow with the official National campaign launch. He needs a big-bang policy to get people talking.
He has to get on with the business of getting re-elected. He needs to talk about the relatively strong economy and change the narrative.
And he needs the media to buy it. They will – but only if the hacker’s dumped emails start to bore them…
If it carries on like this, then the hacker continues to win. And don’t forget Kim Dotcom is planning his own September 15 event targeting the PM.
These are Key’s darkest days as prime minister – for his own political fortunes – he desperately needs to find a way out.
There it is – plain as day. Duncan Garner saying he knows John Key is dirty and yet Garner pimps for Key to be re-elected. A senior media figure promoting a man he knows to be corrupt back into power. There is of course only one reason why Garner is playing this game – he cannot come out and state the obvious that John Key and his government are toxic. If he did that no-one from National would ever talk to him professionally again. So he frames it up with this hall of morally vacant mirrors. He thinks he is being clever.
Funny eh? Seems that the narrow constraints of polite political discourse conducted by a handful of utterly conflicted and well-heeled insiders has somehow completely misread the depth of the disgust and contempt this govt inspires in many, many people.
It’s not just John Key’s government that has fallen into dark days Mr Garner – you too are fumbling around in ethical shadows – playing a boxing game that can never have a winner. You too desperately need a way out.