[I see that I have doubled up on a post by Mike – sorry ’bout that! Because I’m hoping to get the transcript done I’ll put this post up anyway, but I refer you to Mike’s post and links.]
National’s involvement with dirty politics goes all the way to Key.
All credit to Guyon Espiner for another hard-hitting interview with Key on Morning Report today. Espiner pressed Key on his links with Slater, and in particular whether he had personally received information from Slater on visits of various people to Dotcom’s mansion. Starting at 3:20 in the audio, Espiner (extracts):
Culture comes from the top, you have allowed a culture to develop where public servants and political opponents are attacked by Whaleoil, using information fed by a cabinet minister, members of your own staff. …
You knew that Jason Ede in your office was passing information to Cameron Slater to damage National opponents, didn’t you. You knew that. …
You are deeply implicated in this to the extent that you yourself have been involved in direct exchanges of information in conversation with Cameron Slater and in February you said that you spoke regularly to him, and that he was the source of the information that your opponents had visited the Dotcom Mansion. …
Was he your source for that story? [many times]
As usual Key tried to evade, deflect and derail the interview, Espiner was having none of it. In the end Key is reduced to:
Well does it matter?
[If anyone works up a better transcript post it in comments and I will update the post.]
Key is up to his neck in dirty politics, and on the occasions that he wasn’t personally involved, his office was. Key is either responsible for his office, or he isn’t, and at the moment he is damned either way.