In a desperate move to stop the spygate political scandal from reaching into National’s political machine, Key has thrown Parliamentary Services head, Geoff Thorn, to the wolves (if you think he jumped I’ve got a bridge you may be interested in buying).
The question is, will it work? His attempt to blame some anonymous employee didn’t quell the media wolves but he’ll be hoping that with Thorn as a scapegoat he may be able to save his right hand man Wayne Eagleson (who holds his political operation together) and Speaker, David Carter (a man who has brought the bias back to the position).
But Key hasn’t stopped there. He’s also trying to wedge journalists against the public and each other with claims that non-Fairfax journalists were clamoring for emails he refused to release, and thrown in a weird Al Quaeda scare diversion for good measure.
In what can only be seen as a precautionary measure, he’s also put Eagleson up as the next sacrifice in line by making it clear he will appear before the privileges committee and that Key will not:
Key said his chief of staff, Wayne Eagleson, would almost certainly appear at the privileges committee. He had nothing to hide and everything he had done was totally appropriate… Earlier, Key signalled he would not appear before the privileges committee investigation into the accessing of Vance’s records.
If I were Wayne I’d be hoping like hell that Thorn’s scalp would be enough.
Thing is, I think this time the chaff and misdirection won’t work, and the focus will instead be on the man who is ultimately responsible for this massive attack on media freedom. The slippery PM himself.