There were two big moments on Q & A this morning. The first came during the interview with John Key, when Shane Taurima asked Key if he’d sack John Banks for lying to the public, as proved by the police report released this week, and Key explained that he wouldn’t sack Banks because he hadn’t read that police report, and didn’t intend to. Based on that standard, anything short of a prison sentence is considered acceptable conduct, because the PM can simply refuse to acknowledge that they know anything about a Minister’s misdeeds.
It’s the great flaw in our MMP Parliamentary system: leaders of coalition parties are basically unaccountable, because the political cost of disciplining them and threatening the stability of the government is always greater than the cost of doing nothing.
The second amazing moment was Taurima’s interview with David Shearer, which is salient for its total lack of salience and consisted of Shearer performing a Grandpa Simpson routine, waffling and stammering about Labour’s policies, which, near as I could tell is to look at stuff, and think about stuff, and work on some other stuff.
What I learned from that is that Labour is going to have a leadership coup soon. You can’t have Shearer leading the party into a General Election. It’s absurd.