Thanks to The Standard for reminding me of one of Key’s lies in the House this week. He said:-
“Maybe that reflects badly on NZ On Air, which thinks that the way that it should respond to these things is by leaking them to the Labour Party, without having the courtesy of sending the letter in the first place to Melissa Lee.”
I was one of the Labour people to whom the letter was sent. I didn’t give it to the media. It came with material, partly of a personal nature, from within Melissa Lee’s company. It included information that would not be available to NZ on Air.
In normal circumstances I would refer the matter to the Speaker but he has now repeatedly ruled that Minister’s obligation to tell the truth finishes with their primary answer and does not apply to supplementary answers.
At least Lee only took three months to agree to pay back the money received as a result of false declarations over several years – English has not yet agreed to repay over a decade of money received on the basis he resided in Dipton.