I’ve just listened to the audio and it doesn’t sound like Nicky Hager’s too happy with Key’s claims made on RDU last week.
At one point in that interview Key claims that Hager admits that the Brethren email may have been sent to the wrong address. Hager calls this a “complete invention” given his crystal clear testimony to the Select Committee (here) that Key is still not telling the truth about his involvement. Hager also refutes Key’s claim that he has ever apologised for incorrect facts in the book.
Nicky’s asked to give his assessment of Key, to which he replies:
“I have a suspicion that the main thing that drives him is ambition and that there isn’t a great deal of ethical underpinning. He looks to me like one of those politicians [who]… will say anything or do anything to get where they’re going. But it’s still a tentative opinion because we’ve only seen nine months of him in the National Party leadership. But it’s not a very impressive picture yet, that’s my opinion”.
He loved the play though.
Also worth noting is his reluctance to move to a new subject, even now the book is done. So little is has changed in National under Key, he suggests, it’s “quite likely that my work over the next year will be watching the politics and trying to pick up the same threads again. I’m not sure yet but if i get the right sources and get some solid information that might be what i do.”
I’m already looking forward to the sequel.