Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, February 9th, 2015 - 53 comments
Categories: accountability, australian politics, brand key, democracy under attack, john key, leadership, Parliament, spin - Tags: tony abbott
Leaving Mike Sabin in charge of the Law and Order Select Committee was certainly a captain’s call by John Key. Just like Tony Abbott’s award of a knighthood to the Duke (as if he needed more fruit salad), this was a judgment call. And it does call Key’s judgment into question. It’s not about when he knew what he knew, it’s about what he did when he knew.
Key’s justifications for leaving Sabin in charge of Parliamentary oversight of law and order have become bizarre. “Helen Clark had an investigation against her and she didn’t stand down as Prime Minister of New Zealand,” Key said. I don’t remember Helen being under investigation by the police for possible assault though – that investigation was about a signature on a charity painting, for heavens’ sake.
In contrast, straight-up Andrew Little has got it right. As he says it’s pretty straightforward – a clear and severe conflict of interest. Do what’s right.
I never thought I’d be able to say that John Key is looking like Tony Abbott – but he is.