Rodney Hide kept David Garrett’s disgusting secrets from us while running a hypocritical ‘tough on crime’ line. John Key says that’s fine and he backs Hide. He doesn’t care that one of his ministers has been exposed as a lair and a cheat, again. He can’t afford to care.
Key needs Hide to keep his government together. Lose Hide and ACT may fall apart entirely or return to Roger Douglas’s economic liberal/social liberal ideology – not the kind of party that supports taking away all prisoners’ voting rights or giving dictatorial powers to Gerry Brownlee. And Hide’s fate depends on Garrett staying in Parliament
Key doesn’t want to touch the Garrett fiasco with a barge-pole. He wants to keep his brand clean. But here he is backing a shyster as one of his ministers. In the fight to keep his government together, all Key’s supposed principles go out the window.