The Right wing gutter of politics is still trying to use the Darren Hughes affair to damage Phil Goff. With no police investigation into Hughes to proceed, the Right try to argue that the story now is all about how Goff “mishandled” it, by not going public with the events for three weeks. So let’s have a look at what Goff said in trying to explain his decision:
[he] would not disclose any details, saying that to do so could “contaminate” the police investigation. …
“I think I acted as fast as I could,” he said. “People are entitled to a degree of natural justice … It took some time to get all the information that was required.”
An attempted coverup? Terrible leadership? A huge mistake? Goff is to blame? Maybe not. The words above are actually the words of John Key explaining why he didn’t immediately go public with the the Richard Worth affair. But Goff said much the same things, for much the same reasons, as both leaders tried to handle a similar situation in much the same way.
Serial liar DPF is actively rewriting history to try and argue that the two cases are different:
The second factor different is how the Leaders dealt with their MPs. John Key sacked Richard Worth as a minister within days of hearing of the complaints. Phil Goff kept quiet for three weeks…
In point of fact Key received complaints about Worth over a month before events became public, and the police had been investigating for two weeks. Then Key dithered even further as to whether Worth should remain as an MP:
Mr Key said Dr Worth should use the two weeks of leave he started yesterday to consult family and friends on his future as a member of Parliament.
Prompt decisive action? Far from it. In short there are far more similarities than differences in the Hughes / Goff and Worth / Key affairs, but that doesn’t stop the Right trying to rewrite history and blame Goff!