a) stays on tour?
b) stays on tour until there’s political capital to be gained by raising it?
Colin Espiner is worth a read:
Sure, it wasn’t the smartest thing in the world to invite a suspended prison guard along on the trip… But it’s not a sacking offence. If these are the standards we’re applying to ministers these days, soon there’ll be none left. O’Connor is a hard-working, honest straight-shooter..
The Prime Minister called it a bad call and it was. True to style Key went over the top and referred to it as “unbelievable stupidity”.
Colin has also pointed out that the other co-captain is Murray McCully, senior National Party MP and strategist. He asks: “How come he’s not copping any of the blame?”. Bloody good question. It defies belief that McCully didn’t know that Jim Morgan was a suspended Rimutaka Prison guard.
If he didn’t, and I were Key, I’d be sacking him as my strategist.