Richard Worth, the gift that keeps on giving

by Jake Quinn

Only one thing sells more newspapers than a good political downfall and that is a good (alleged) sex scandal. Please don’t misinterpret my use of the word ‘good’ in the latter part of the last sentence.

Throw in a smattering of ‘how well did our much adored swashbuckling Prime Minister handle his first serious political scandle’ and we’ve got ourselves a swingin’ media hootenanny.  Buckle up.

Matthew Hooten, my new favourite neo-con-ultra political commentator, offers his increasingly insightful analysis of John Key’s handling of the issue so far on 9-noon this morning.

Hooten suggests that if, as PM, the Leader of the Opposition comes to you in confidence with an issue as serious as the one in question they are either being serious or setting you up. If you think they’re serious, take it very seriously. If you think that it’s a set up, take it even more seriously. Seriously. 

Seriously though, questions remain about: how seriously the PM took Mr Goff’s complaint in the first place, the PM’s decision to kick the issue from budget week to post budget week because of its impact on govt PR, the outside chance that the PM mislead the House in expressing confidence in all his Ministers last Tuesday, and the changing position of the PM throughout yesterday.

Please don’t misinterpret my use of the word ‘giving’ in this post’s headline.

Update: Goff on Breakfast this morning