Key’s adopted what Andrea Vance labels his “so what demeanour” as he tries to shrug off his highly irregular and inappropriate role in the selection of Ian Fletcher to head the GCSB. But whether or not Key was too involved in getting his mate a job is only the first round of this – the next calls into question the reliability of both Key and Fletcher’s account of the Dotcom saga.
Mr Key is expecting the public to swallow another brain-fade in the epic Kim Dotcom chronicle. He couldn’t recall a briefing on Dotcom in February last year.
Now – even under scrutiny from the Opposition and journalists – we must accept that he “forgot” he called a childhood friend to suggest he apply to lead New Zealand’s foreign spy agency.
In light of this latest revelation, can we still be confident in the assertions that Mr Fletcher – only in the job a matter of weeks – also forgot Dotcom was raised at the February 22 briefing?
One of his first jobs was to attend a joint police-GCSB debrief on the raid on February 16. It’s hard to fathom why he wouldn’t be keen to play up that perceived success to his new boss.
And would any rookie not feel it prudent, or at least cautious, to alert the prime minister to the potential illegality of the GCSB’s work on the Dotcom raid which was, after all, making headlines around the world?
Mr Key has been forced to repeatedly insist he told the truth about the Dotcom case. But with every episode like this, his denials appear less plausible.