The hypocrisy of Mike Sabin grilling Police when he is under such serious allegations is simply too much to accept.
Most of the Press Gallery by now must know how serious the allegations are, the rumours are swirling and National right now are trying to work out how the hell they jettison Sabin before he explodes. The problem is that if they stand him down, it immediately becomes a story and the uncomfortable questions about when Key knew and how much will start to damage their brand.
The last think Key needs is a shock defeat in a Northland by-election.
Due process and presumption of innocence is fine, but when you are an MP and the allegations this serious, allowing Sabin to stay on is politically expedient, it is in no way principled.