Last week I asked John Key a few questions in Parliament regarding a $50,000 donation the National Party received from an Auckland BMW dealer just 2 days after his Chief of Staff met with VIP transport officials to discuss the upgrade of their limo fleet. He didn’t like the questions very much, so rather than provide any answers, he resorted to attacking me instead. Very prime ministerial…
So here are a few of the questions that remain unanswered:
- Did John Key know about the $50,000 donation when his Chief of Staff met with the VIP transport officials?
- Does John Key think it was wise to speak at a fundraiser organised by BMW dealer Team McMillan while his officials were in the process of signing-off the BMW fleet replacement, particularly given Mr McMillan has publicly stated he wants to be involved in selling the old ones?
- What was the actual date of the Team McMillan fundraiser?
- Who else attended the Team McMillan fundraiser? Was anybody from BMW NZ, who are supplying the new cars, in attendance?
- Who will be responsible for disposing of the old BMWs? Will it be BMW NZ, or will the Department be responsible?
- Did John Key discuss the VIP fleet at the fundraiser with anyone, if so, who?
- Have any of the original BMW fleet been sold yet, if so, who to?
- Why does John Key keep claiming the deal for the new BMWs was Labour’s, when his own officials admit there was no obligation to take up the renewal option and they could have stuck with the old ones without any penalty?
- What did his officials discuss with his Chief of Staff at the 28 July 2010 meeting? Why didn’t his Chief of Staff brief him on it?
- Why does John Key keep claiming his government didn’t know about it when both Nathan Guy and Bill English signed it off, his Chief of Staff clearly knew about it, and he himself signed at least 4 documents that referred to it?
I think these are all legitimate questions and John Key should man-up and provide a few answers. Unfortunately he has a history of being slippery with the facts until he is caught. Do you remember how the story of his Tranz Rail shares changed back in 2008? He didn’t admit to the extent of the holding until after he knew TVNZ knew how many he really had. In fact, he lied first and told the truth only after the truth was told for him.