Matthew Hooton on Nine-to-Noon this morning pointed out that under National & Act’s power-sharing agreement there is a ‘No Surprises’ clause. So Rodney Hide should have told John Key about David Garrett’s assault conviction and dead baby identity stealing, as well as his own drunk and disorderly conviction in 2008.
If Hide did, Key is complicit in Act’s cover up. That would say everything about Key’s character and keenness to get right wing legislation through parliament. If Hide didn’t, then ‘The Party of Convictions’ [the Herald’s online headline is unfortunately changed from the deadwood version] has trampled all over the Good Faith agreement.
How can Key stay in league with such an unfaithful hypocritical partner? What other surprises await him if they haven’t told him about this?
Surely if Key is not complicit he should throw Act out of the agreement or be tarred with the same brush – Act ministers should be sacked and the agreement cancelled. But will he just remain relaxed and silent as ever? The questions need to keep being asked.
It’ll be no disappointment then this Hidebound Party is finished.
Nine-to-Noon did it nicely, playing Willie Nelson’s ‘Party’s Over’ after talking to Hooton…