So Key knew about the GCSB’s ‘unlawful’ actions for a week before he bothered to tell us.
He happened to know that this Monday state owned companies would be announcing they were causing the loss of 500-600 jobs (including contractors). A terrible story for the economy.
Only one story would get its full due of airtime.
He had to tell us about the GCSB illegality before the next court appearance in a couple of days. He could have been upfront and honest and told us 1 week ago, straight after calling in the Inspector-General. But no, he wanted to hide his complete lack of oversight. His complete loss of control of his department.
The investigation into whether his “don’t read, don’t care” philosophy went beyond Banks to his oversight of important national security issues.
Then it became clear it would come out. So then it was a matter of when to slip the bad news out. And before you can say “Media Management 101” it’s scheduled Monday afternoon in the middle of the job loss announcements.