I see Hide and Garrett are trying a new spin today.
“As a result of my foolish actions 26 years ago I now have other battles to face.”
“I’ve spoken to MPs from across the House and they are sitting there scratching, wondering what they do need to reveal about their past.
“I think a lot of people have things in their past that they can be embarrassed and ashamed by.”
Let’s nip this in the bud straight away. It was only in 2002 that Garrett was convicted of assault in Tonga, and only in 2005 that he decided to lie about it in court in order to escape a further conviction for identity theft and seek permanent name suppression. He then lied to the New Zealand public for two years, hiding both crimes while preaching hypocrisy until he was finally exposed by a leak from a political rival.
There’s no passing this off as youthful indiscretions and skeletons in closets. It wasn’t Garrett’s “foolish actions 26 years ago” that sealed his fate, it was the confirmation that even to this day he is still a liar, a criminal and the worst kind of hypocrite.
Update: Turns out that Garrett’s replacement, Hilary Calvert, is the landlord of a brothel. Nothing illegal about that of course but some will question the morality of creaming a profit off prostitution given that most women don’t find themselves in that line of work by choice. Just another salacious story ACT didn’t need.