TV3 revealed last night that John Key has recently met with billionaire Tory donor Lord Michael Ashcroft. Lord Ashcroft clearly preferred that the meeting be kept secret and only a glimpse of him was caught as he departed Auckland airport in his private jet.
Garner: “Has anyone in the National Party met Lord Ashcroft in the past week…?”
Key: “Yes, I think they have”
Garner: “Have you done that personally?”
Key: “Yes I have”
Well Key got there in the end but not without appearing, in Garner’s words, “evasive”.
Full coverage below including what might be the lamest political excuse I’ve ever heard: “I just followed what was in my diary”. Priceless.