John Key says Rodney Hide upheld a high ethical standard - BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Labour attacks PM over support for Act leader
Labour tried to turn the screws on John Key yesterday after he said Rodney Hide had acted to a "high ethical standard", despite being aware of David Garrett's past offences and bringing him into Parliament anyway.
Mr Hide's leadership of the Act Party has been under attack since Mr Garrett quit Act last week after it was revealed he had used a dead child's identity to obtain a false passport.
He was granted permanent name suppression, which was later lifted.
Opposition leader Phil Goff used the rules of the Cabinet Manual to attack Mr Key in the House yesterday about his continued support of the Act leader, who as a minister is accountable to the Prime Minister.
The manual states that the ministers are expected to "behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards" in their ministerial, political and personal capacities.
When asked if he thought his ministers had behaved according to the manual, Mr Key said: "Mr Hide has carried out his affairs in a personal and private capacity to a high ethical standard, but I am not responsible for who he might hire as an MP."
After an incredible session in Parliament on Tuesday, where Lockwood Smith accused John Key of not being fit to hold the portfolio of Prime Minister for not answering whether he had confidence in Rodney Hide to uphold the highest ethical standards after he hid Garrett's past convictions, Key was finally forced yesterday to answer the question and he has come out saying that Rodney did meet the highest ethical standards of the Cabinet Manuel
Yeah right. Rodney Hide upheld the highest ethical standards by hiding Garrett's convictions and allowing him to hypocritically push through his 3 strikes and you're out crap.
I think John Key is the only person in the country who thinks Rodney Hide has lived up to the highest ethical standards.
John Armstrong points out what a huge ruling by Lockwood Smith this was...
Poser with no right answer for Key
Whichever way you look at it, John Key handed Phil Goff an absolute gift of an opportunity to give the Prime Minister a verbal lashing in Parliament yesterday.
When Key replied to one of Goff's questions on Rodney Hide's handling of the David Garrett embarrassment by saying the Act leader had "carried out his affairs [as a minister] in a personal and private capacity to a high ethical standard", the Labour leader could scarcely believe his good fortune.
...what astounds me most is that the mainstream media barely mentioned this amazing exchange in Parliament and have prefered to focus on Chris Carter returning instead. I had no idea Paul Henry was now effectively general editor of the entire news industry.