The Sabin issue is a slow burning crisis for National, and it’s interesting the things that you learn about people in a crisis. We learn, for example, that National will never have a more loyal supporter than John Armstrong:
Frenzy over Key’s knowledge of Sabin affair pathetic
There is one word that adequately describes this latest instalment in Key’s enemies’ long-running fixation with typecasting the Prime Minister as being nothing more than money merchant turned political huckster who, at times, enjoys a strange and somewhat strained relationship with the truth.
That word is pathetic.
Armstrong goes on to list the lies and evasions that he is happy to excuse Key of, and seems quite prepared to add Sabin to the list. The trouble for Armstrong is that it isn’t just Key’s enemies that are raising concerns. It’s his friends too, and the “frenzy” is occurring in very same pages. Rodney Hide:
Democracy can’t be compromised
I am a John Key supporter. I would very much like to dismiss the questioning of when precisely he knew or didn’t know of the issues that caused Mike Sabin to resign as an MP. But that would be a mistake. Our parliamentary democracy and justice system must be bigger than John Key. And they are at stake.
TV One has reported that police were investigating Sabin in August last year. It’s inconceivable to me that they would not have told their minister and the Prime Minister. It’s especially important that they would do so with Sabin because he’s ex-police and on October 22 he was elected to chair the law and order select committee.
According to One News the chairman was under police investigation. And the Prime Minister didn’t know?
Anyone could see how our Parliament was conflicted and potentially corrupted.
Parliament meets this week for the first time this year. John Key has some explaining to do.
So we learn that Rodney Hide, for all his many (many) faults, has the odd principled bone in his body. Bravo Rodney #sentencesyouneverthoughtyoudwrite.
Now if someone could please arrange for Rodney to take The Herald’s senior political reporter out the back for a bit and explain to him what is going on here…