It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy and has anything to do with Cameron Slater, Cathy Odgers, Simon Lusk and Carrick Graham – it’s probably a conspiracy.
In the wake of the horror revelations that Slater & Co were attempting to take down the Serious Fraud Office, the enormity of what Key has done by using the spy agency to release information to a far right blogger to attack a political opponent is only now sinking in.
The media have never understood the significance of this and so have allowed this issue to bob along in the sea of other allegations. I’d go as far to suggest that Collins resignation had far more to do with distracting attention from this issue than any new developments that came to Key’s office. This email that Odgers handed in was in circulation early last week, I’d suggest the timing of its release was event driven, that event being the announcement of the inquiry into the release of the information to Slater.
The reality is that information like this is sacrosanct from the highest of the highs and bound in strict civil service rules. Key has breached the guidelines and there is now a price to pay. In light of the allegations of blackmailing MPs, hacking Labour’s computers, trawling brothels, crucifying public servants, rigging candidate selections and now astounding claims that the SFO was a target, the inquiry MUST be independent, MUST be public and MUST include Key to testify.
Allowing the PM to set his own parameters of investigation would be a whitewash farce at this stage and completely unacceptable to the magnitude of charges against him and his Government.
We have never seen anything like this in NZ politics. Ever. Just one of these allegations would be worthy of such investigation, but the combined weight of them? This is a moment that the full range of our community needs to be assured that our political system, if not free of hate politics, can at least reject this mutation and cast it out of the body politic.