According to ACT’s Peter Tashkoff, Rodney Hide misled the ACT Party Board by hiding his knowledge of David Garrett’s passport dishonesty offence. So here we have a party leader who couldn’t see the problem with accepting someone who’d committed such a distasteful crime becoming not only an MP, but ACT’s Law and Order spokesman, and so sure of his own judgement that he thought he’d conceal such hazardous material from his own party’s senior administration. And of course, going by Key’s reaction, Hide had also hidden this information from ACT’s senior coalition partner too. That’s a hell of a lot of concealment from Mr Transparency and Accountability.
It really doesn’t say much about Rodney’s integrity, judgement or respect for even his own party’sdemocratic rules. No wonder the Auckland Supershitty Fiasco and the dismembering of ECAN have been executed with such blatant disregard for democratic process. As both the public and his own supporters begin to realise just how deluded and dangerous Rodney really is, you have to wonder how much longer it’ll be before this Il Duce is also swinging in the breeze.
On another point, it seems Garrett made a false declaration in his affidavit to the judge who discharged him without conviction for the passport fraud, by stating he had no previous convictions in New Zealand or elsewhere. That would seem like grounds for new charges.
UPDATE: Both the Herald’s John Armstrong and NBR’s Jock Anderson, who aren’t exactly lefties, have both predicted on RNZ’s panel today that this is the end for Hide.