Last month Colin King revealed that his National Party colleague Chris Finlayson had said he would block an investigation into the behaviour of his old mate Supreme Court Judge Bill Wilson. Justice Wilson is accused of acting inappropriately in hearing a case where the lawyer for one side was his business partner, Alan Galbraith, whom he owes quarter of a million dollars.
Now questions are being asked about why it took Finlayson so long to excuse himself from the process. He ought to have recognised his conflict of interest back in December and handed the responsibility over to another minister. But he didn’t do so until after the media spotlight was shone on him.
It says a lot about National’s standards. They’ll do the right thing, if they’re caught out.