When we awoke this morning, we found this comment on the Facebook post:
And a new example of the Goff standard. Happy to sit on the Dazza investigation for two weeks but apparently Key meant to shout an SIS investigation from the roof tops.
We thought about it, and the more we thought, the more we agreed that the commenter was dead right. Sure, there are obvious differences; one case involves national security and the other involves the early-morning antics of a Labour MP. But there are similarities too.
Both cases broke in the media before any official confirmation from the politicians. Key was initially hesitant to discuss the spying allegations, but made a full statement within hours. Goff was initially hesitant to discuss the allegations against Darren Hughes, but over succeeding days took a variety of positions, culminating in Hughes' decision to resign from Parliament. Key's initial response to the Hughes saga was to say that it was none of his business. Goff's initial response to this week's revelation was to lambast Key for not being up-front.
Goff might have had some validity to this claim if his own track record had been better, but of course it isn't. We reckon that Goff saw potential to embarrass Key politically, and leapt into the fray.
Key should probably have been more up-front on this issue, but he had just emerged from a meeting when he was confronted by the media, and obviously sought information from his officials so that his response was not half-cocked. But for Goff to claim this as being some deep and underlying political conspiracy was nonsense.
Both leaders will be under the spotlight as the General Election draws nearer, and both will be choosing their words carefully. However Phil Goff's insistence on transparency when he has shown that he is less than transparent himself may yet come back to bite him on the gluteus maximus.
UPDATE: Just received this Twitter update (with our emphasis added):
@Inventory2 it's just a poor attempt by @phil_goff to remain relevant... He has become the Willie Mason of NZ Politics... Mr Rent-A-Quote.
Sheesh; it's almost enough to make one feel sorry for Feckless Phil