Has John Key now read Dirty Politics?
Because having set up his incredibly narrow inquiry into Judith Collins – to try and investigate her for the one thing she didn’t do – he’s now scared to give her her ‘Honourable’ title, before she is ‘cleared’.
Normally ex-Ministers get Honourable as a title for life as a matter of course. It would have probably gone unnoticed if he had given it to her. There would only be screams of wanting to remove it once she had been proven guilty of something. And while there’s a lot of proof, it’s not coming to an inquiry near you, as Key’s terms of reference are designed to whitewash.
So he must suspect that the judge is going to broaden those terms, or something else is going to become too compelling to ignore.
Let’s hope the judge does look at things properly broadly, and in the meantime, Judith will continue to fester on the backbench.
I wonder how she’ll feel about the view from her new seat?