Judith Collins naming the eponymous Simon Pleasants to Cameron Slater as the suspect in a document leak in 2009 is unconscionable behaviour. She cannot now remain a Minister, otherwise Key’s claim to a high standard when it comes to Ministerial behaviour is in tatters. This time the John Banks defence “I haven’t read it” and “I have taken his/her word” will not do.
Slater named Pleasants on his website. He got it wrong. I know Simon Pleasants well. He’s very straight and just like his name. He did not deserve comments like this:
Any news here Whale? Can we get the prat harpooned? And shamed, and fired, and tarred ‘n feathered?
Simon Pleasants talks about the effect on his own life in this clip from tonight’s 3news. I know what it feels like when your name is out there; when my home address was on billboards the length of the country in 2005 I took precautions with the help of the police for the very same reasons – your family is at stake and you never know what some disturbed person may do.
The shame is all on Collins and Slater. The blame will be on Key if he continues to bluster as he does here.