Labour revealed in parliament today that Richard Worth has another secret shareholding that created conflict of interest when he carried out ministerial duties on his trip to India.
After Key gave him the famous â€˜bollocking’ on Monday, Worth can have been under no illusion that there wasn’t a conflict of interest with these shares. He had repeated opportunities to come clean about them but he didn’t. Instead he kept them secret. He lied and hid the truth from the public.
As always, it’s the cover up that’s magnifies the original offence. The public of New Zealand and the Prime Minister, who gave him a final warning on Monday, can no longer have confidence in Worth. He must resign or Key must sack him. Simple as that.
Meanwhile, it seems if there’s a conflict of interest going Worth will have it. An admin on Wikipedia had to reverse edits to Worth’s page that deleted passages referring to the conflict of interest affair. The admin wrote:
There appear to have been two series of edits by a User:Richard_W_Worth who appears to be the subject of this page…The first of these has effective [sic] been undone already, but I’m about to rewrite the second, since they appear to breach Wikipedia:Conflict of interest. The user has been warned on their talk page.
LOL as the kids would say. But Worth’s failure to disclose conflicts of interest and his lies when confronted are no laughing matter. He must resign.
[update: someone has just updated Worth’s profile: “Richard Westwood Worth, OBE, VRD, KStJ, (3rd July 1948 -) is a New Zealand politician, but he’ll probably have to resign soon. He is a member of the National Party, or at least he is at the moment.”]