Finally, we’re getting to the meat of the Pansy Wong affair. Stating her occupation as a Minister when witnessing a form for her husband’s business deal was no major problem. But Wong’s flights for the deal were paid with her MP’s travel perk. That is a serious problem. The rules “expressly forbid MPs from using their private travel perk to pursue their own or their spouse’s private business interests”.
Pete Hodgson has played a clever game of bait and switch on National. John Key has been suckered into expressing his support for Wong. Now, he’s going to either have to defend her for clearly breaking the rules or flip-flop and call her to account. Based on his track record, I think we know which way it will go. There is no accountability in the Key Government.
Update: Radio NZ report Wong’s ‘future in doubt’.