War of spin leads nowhere
by Jake Quinn
You know your winning the spin war when Audrey begins her NZ Herald piece with: “Prime Minister John Key says Labour leader Phil Goff is virtually “wallowing in the gutter” over alleged sleazy text messages and calls from Richard Worth to Labour activist Neelam Choudary. Mr Key was much more reluctant to comment on the issue yesterday, saying he had a country to run.” [Bravo John, Bravo]
Meanwhile her side kick John Armstrong tears Goff something new with his daily contribution titled “Goff overplayed his hand – and suffered”, while the “leftest” every feminist (and many leftists) love to hate, Chris Trotter, jumps predictably on the victim doubting bandwagon, once again. And everyone else repeats Key’s stella line that “He has Washed his Hands of Worth”.
And all of this goes on while Prime Minister John Key hasn’t actually told anyone precisely why he fired Richard Worth. Was it because of the texts? that would seem a bit rash, seeing as he hadn’t seen them when he fired him. Was it because of the Police investigation? that would seem a bit rash as he has denied any criminal activity and the Police investigation hadn’t even began.
So why was Worth fired? What exact behaviour was it that was not befitting of a Minister? What was it that Worth admitted to Key, that allowed him to accept his resignation sack him? This question has remained unanswered as we have all obsessed over the daily Key vrs Goff battle with the media coughing up sport-report-like coverage of what in the broader picture are insignificant matters.
[Update: Worth has resigned from Parliament, but will we ever find out precisely why?]