Key is describing himself as ‘piggy in the middle’ in the Worth sexual harassment affair. Says he had two conflicting stories and couldn’t choose between them.
What rubbish. Key accepted Worth’s version of events. He let the matter drop. No punishment for Worth. If he had been in a dilemma on who to believe he would have asked for more information from the complainant. He didn’t.
Instead he has repeatedly attacked her. Keeps insinuating that her allegations are lies. That the “textes” don’t exist. Which is strange when he now is of the belief that Worth committed more serious sexual wrongdoings that are subject to the Police investigation.
Key has gone to some lengths to defend Worth. On Breakfast this morning he was still defending him over the India trip and his camel ride. He spoke of Worth as ‘mate’. Talked up his value to National’s caucus. Still won’t give his reasons for firing Worth. It wasn’t the possible criminality, he said on RNZ.
Thing is, Key has made himself piggy in the middle on this story. A more competent politician would have stayed out of it. He has made himself and his lack of proper oversight of Worth the central issue. He failed to front at Question Time. Making it into a round of evasive answers from English speaking for him. Bad look. Then he has had three four disastrous media appearances last night and this morning. He failed in each to be up-front. He was evasive on the issue of whether he investigated the complaint properly. He keeps attacking the complainant.
If he had any sense he would have made a single, comprehensive statement on both sets of allegations against Worth and his involvement in them on Wednesday. Then stayed out of it. Too late now. Far too late. The questions about Key’s conduct in all this keep on coming.