The topic of Crosby Textor has emerged again with a story in the NZ Herald. While it is unsurprising to read that Crosby Textor is “drumming up business after last week’s election by offering insights into the new Government and its personalities” there’s another aspect I think also deserves examination.
How and why is this material entering the public domain – apparently after National’s electoral success?
Earlier this year it was reported that Crosby Textors advice to the National party was being paid for out of Parliamentary funds, and the information:
included diary-type references and dates and details of Mr Key’s meetings, prompted the party to raise concerns about security with Parliamentary Services.
I don’t think we ever had a definitive answer on how that material got into the public arena. But we do know it wasn’t Parlimantary Services who told TV3 about the visit of Lord Ashcoft. Duncan Garner said that came from within National. So will the signing of the Ministerial warrants lead to silence? Or will the leaks continue?