I’ve been reflecting on John Key’s instruction to Pansy Wong not to come to Parliament and explain her misuse of her international travel allowances. Key argues that she should wait until Parliamentary Services have completed their inquiry so that she has all of the facts. That’s simply not credible.
Is John Key seriously arguing that he doesn’t expect Pansy Wong to know how many times she has visited China in the past 14 years and how many times her husband has done so? Does he seriously expect us to believe that she wouldn’t know who had paid for those trips, and, even if she couldn’t recall on the spur of the moment, wouldn’t have been able to work it out during the past week?
As Phil Goff has pointed out, other MPs have been prosecuted criminally for doing what Pansy Wong has done. John Key should stop trying to cover for her and insist that she front up and answer for her actions. The media should stop buying into the National Party’s spin and start asking him the tough questions too.