It may just be the quality of John Key’s analysis, but apparently the Gwyn report has done something impressive in scientific circles and proved a negative. It comprehensively shows that John Key never knew about the Goff SIS OIA release.
JK: but at least didn’t show I did know about it and whatever, I’m relaxed about any difference there anyway.
So we are led to conclude that Key was just too lazy to oversee the vital democratic function of guarding the guards and that there was no abuse of power by the Secret Services, with their immensely privileged rights and responsibilities.
JK: oh, I just trusted my deputy chief of staff Phil de Joux, he’s a competent bloke, and he’s also gone now, so no responsibility there, eh?
Phil de Joux, a political appointee? Answerable to you, and as a political animal not at all suited to oversight of the strictly non-political Secret Services?
JK: Yeah, I’m pretty relaxed about those distinctions.
So Phil de Joux said to Jason Ede that we need to get this partisan highly confidential SIS info needed to get out there…
JK: I was absolutely nowhere near that conversation I might add…
And somehow, just while Jason happened to be chatting to Cameron Slater on the phone, Slater came up with the precise details for a perfectly precise OIA to the SIS to get maximum speed.
JK: Precisely, nothing to do with me, or the political functions of my office, which I only bear responsibility for when I’m wearing my Office Hat, obviously. Just a random personal phone call that happened to take place in my office. Just like all those personal emails between Jas and Cam.
So we can expect Jason Ede to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for destroying all those personal emails so that no inquiry could find out what he and your office were up to? And indeed for putting our nation’s security at risk by putting security information through that non-secure email?
JK: We all make mistakes, and I’m very relaxed about it, I wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to poor ol’ Jas.
Just like nothing will happen to Judith for deleting her Facebook, so her conversations with Slater couldn’t be found? Why didn’t the Chisholm Report get her phone calls for that matter? How can they be sure she didn’t pass info to Slater?
JK: Her report fully clears her, just like mine fully clears me, let’s not worry about little things like missing evidence…
So, no oversight of your office, none of your staff, you’re claiming you’re incompetent and lazy, not corrupt then?
JK: I prefer relaxed. Just like we were about doing anything about passports for criminals when we were warned 2 years ago.
JK: You couldn’t call me lazy and incompetent – look at that media management! We leak the Gwyn report to ruin the Labour caucus announcement, blame Goff, and then have 2 enquiries released on the same day and also other news like the passport management – get it all over and done with in one hit!
Yes, fantastic Mr Key…