What a week. National has been in meltdown over the secret recordings. Bill English’s incredible initial reaction seemed like the launch of a coup – he repeatedly refused to voice confidence in Key and his basic understanding of working for families. But something obviously happened on Tuesday morning, perhaps the numbers were run and English came up short, because English appeared before media, under Key’s gaze, to say he used ‘loose language’, a laughable excuse – how can voicing an agenda directly contradictory to public policy be ‘loose language’?
Just as National thought they had the situation closed down, recordings of Lockwood and Nick Smith also talking about a secret agenda and the use of Crosby/Textor were released. Now, we know this was no one-off. If a single recorder at a single National function caught three senior Nats confirming a secret agenda it must be just a drop in the ocean. In desperation, National tried to turn attention to the source of the recordings, as if it matters. They even resorted to an obviously staged photo of rubbish outside Key’s electorate office that had supposedly been rummaged through – if that’s the best Crosby/Textor can come up with, our taxpayer funds really are being wasted on them. Here are our favourite posts of the week:
English calls for own resignation
National Party deputy leader Bill English said Mr Williams should resign or be sacked. ‘Mike Williams has been caught red-handed saying one thing behind closed doors and another thing to the public,’ [more]
A quick Brethern reference
…departing Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson’s thank-you to the Exclusive Brethren during his departing remarks to delegates. There was some shocked silence and a few laughs but the look on president Judy Kirk’s face was priceless…[more]
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