For some reason, Tracey Watkins’ blog is hidden away deep within the Stuff website, far from the other blogs. Which is a pity because it’s where she writes her best stuff. Like this:
One part of me thinks it’s bleedingly obvious why John Key lost confidence in Worth so why get in a stew about something where there is no great mystery. The other part of me thinks that that if Key had handled questions over this differently, there wouldn’t be a mystery in the first place. Therefore he needs to clear it up.
My view is that Worth was forced out as internal affairs minister because Key had just had enough of his trouble-prone MP; he was fed up with the distraction, had probably sought assurances from Worth that there was nothing more in his private life to embarrass the government and been assured that was the case, when it clearly wasn’t…
…The problem is that Key felt the need to distance his loss of confidence in Worth from the police investigation into a Korean business woman’s complaint of sexual offending. So he told reporters that he had lost confidence in Worth for unspecified reasons unrelated to the investigation and that he couldn’t go into those for fear of “contaminating” the police investigation.
Now that Worth’s gone from Parliament for good, it seems that there is no real fear of this being the case but Key has decided that as a private citizen Worth is entitled to his privacy…
…Frankly, that doesn’t wash. Worth was a government minister. He was effectively sacked – for unspecified reasons. We are entitled to know that there was not a more serious reason behind his sacking and that there is no suggestion of a sweetheart deal to keep it quiet if Worth resigned. I don’t believe for a minute that’s the case but all this faffing around over whether or not the reason will ever be revealed will give rise to all manner of conspiracy theories… Key is quite within his rights to deal with the matter in the way he has. But he might come to regret not handling questions differently down the line.
The question isn’t ‘why should Key tell us?’. It’s ‘why shouldn’t he?’ We’ve been given no good reason. He should come clean with the public.