John Key has tried to excuse himself from owning shares in a uranium company by saying he was “sloppy“. I’m afraid that’s not good enough for a Prime Minister worth millions, who likely pays top dollar for a lawyer to advise him on just these kind of problems.
“I was a bit sloppy” said Prime Minister John Key when it came to his uranium shares. But how can a man who forks out tens of thousands of dollars a year on legal advice be “sloppy”? He can’t be. He can only be wilfully ignorant.
The lawyer responsible for his share portfolio and family trust would’ve asked Mr Key “Are you sure you should be holding on to these shares Prime Minister?” to which we now know Mr Key’s obvious reply must’ve been “Yes”.
Remember. This is not an everyday mum and dad investor (as the Nats are so fond of saying) that we’re talking about.
Mr Key is a man worth more than $50m dollars. If the uranium shares, which have been persistently recorded in the Parliamentary pecuniary interest register, were somehow “missed”, then Key at the very least he needs a new lawyer.
I do wonder if Mr Key is still choosing to use the same lawyer who didn’t inform him about how many shares he had in Tranzrail? Oh that’s right, he simply lied about those.