Key is digging himself deeper and deeper into a pit of lies. It’s just embarrassing now.
In the first 20 seconds of this video (yesterday) Key claims:
“I was asked a specific question about the Chisholm report. All the questions were on the Chisholm report, including the primary question”.
“When the particular question was asked there was quite a lot of noise in the house … and so I genuinely only heard the first bit.”
Please compare with the video of the actual event.
The primary question was indeed on the Chisholm report, but the specific questions Key was asked were, at 1:55 in the video:
Woods: Did his office have communications with Cameron Slater between the 23rd and 25th of November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the Inspector General’s inquiry?
Key: “I don’t think so, I’m not aware of that no”.
Woods: Did he have communications with Cameron Slater between the 23rd and 25th of November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the Inspector General’s inquiry?
Key: Mr Speaker no.
Contrary to Key’s claim he was directly asked about the Inspector General’s (Gwyn) inquiry. Twice.
Contrary to Key’s claim the questions were asked in perfect silence (there was some noise with the second answer, the Speaker didn’t hear it because he himself was speaking and he asked Key to repeat it).
Two lies in 20 seconds trying to cover up the original “no” lie (Key had exchanged texts with Slater on the 24th). A personal best? Probably not.