Today the news was all about Michael Wood.
When he was a teenager he bought some shares in Auckland International Airport.
He declared them when he became a Minister but mucked up his register of pecuniary interests. He should have declared them then but thought that they were owned by a trust. He has been trying to get rid of them for a while but from the description of things he did not have his shareholder number.
He is busy. No doubt this particular piece of paperwork was down the list of his priorities which include making the country a better place and having quality time with his family.
Yes he did receive a number of requests to confirm that he had sold the shares.
His response was probably similar to mine when I receive a speeding fine reminder. A desire to fix it up immediately but it then just gets lost in other things that are more important.
His wife Julie Fairley has also been subject to some comment.
Given the proximity to Auckland Council’s vote on the sale of the shares the cynic in me wonders if the attacks are related.
And National is going to town on the issue.
I admire their ability to completely ignore the shitty stuff they have done and then suggest that something a Labour MP has done is really, really terrible.
Like how they can hide the report on how one of their MPs brutalised kids with a bed leg when he was younger, or an MP who engaged in a war of attrition with MPI using letterhead when they prosecuted her husband and son for animal cruelty.
National doesn’t care. Creating a stench about politicians does not hurt them. Their supporters are more interested in making money or getting grumpy about minorities to worry about ethics.
But their hypocrisy still rankles.
I trust that Michael sorts his paperwork out soon. He is far too valuable an MP and the left need him to be on top of his game.