I’ve changed my mind.
The corrupt prick’s clearly set up his finances to scam the max out of the public. He tried to get away with it when he was caught. Even when he gave back the money, he made it clear it was only because we made him (‘and I would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you pesky kids’).
He’s knows he’s done wrong but he refuses to admit it. He played the ‘pity me, I’m only on $270K, it’s not enough to keep my kids in their home city’ card but no-one’s buying that. His kids haven’t been sent to Dipton now he’s given the money back have they?
In short, the guy’s an arrogant, unremorseful, lying prick. Everyone thinks it.
That’s why I want him to stay.
Politics is a competition for resources – the rich vs the poor, capital vs labour – to decide how large each side’s slice is. National’s reason for existence is to enlarge capital’s share. As Finance Minister, English is the lynch-pin. It’s his job to run up the ideas – ‘cut top tax rates, increase GST’, ‘no pay increases, subsidies for business’. The clown can’t do that serious stuff. It’s the Finance Minsiter/Deputy Leader’s job. But how’s English going to do lead those policies now?
He can’t. His credibility is shot. And each new revelation will just ruin it more. Any time English is charged with running up some pro-rich policy everyone will say he’s just out to fill his own pockets.
While English remains as Deputy leader and Finance Minister, National’s agenda is stuffed.
Long may he reign.