As controversy swirls over Murray McCully’s leaked emails and the government’s secret position on “restraining China” and McCully is nowhere to be found to answer questions, John Key says “I have absolutely no clue where he is“. Funny, cause he was the one who approved McCully’s travel. Seems a lot of ministers are taking to hiding when the heat comes on.
In just the last four question times, 10 ministers being asked questions on notice didn’t bother showing up. Some of them were definitely at Parliament, they spoke later in the day, but they hid when it was time for them to be held accountable for their actions as ministers. Craig Foss was particularly obvious – he got slaughtered by Clare Curran (which is something like being mauled by a shih tzu) and was nowhere to be found the next day.
Then there’s Key himself. He made a ‘joke’ about Lloyd Morrison beating him in a wine auction at a private school on the night of the Pike River explosion. Key offhandedly mentioned he had been informed of the fatal explosion before he decided to go to the auction. Naturally, Pike River workers’ families are pretty pissed off to suddenly learn that this is how Mr ‘whatever it takes’ reacted when he learned of the disaster that killed their men. But when TV1 asked Key for more comment, no-one from his office was available.
So, where is McCully?
Who will be the next minister to hide when it’s time for them to front up?
Is this the more accountable government that Key promised us?