I’m never home in time to watch the news but I made a special effort tonight and streamed it on my work computer. Fran Mold and Duncan Garner both regurgitated identical nonsense about how Bennett was a battler who was ‘being staunch’ and that Ministers revealing confidential information to the media was no big deal. Idiots.
(Incidentally, the ‘live crosses’ that both networks love are even sillier in the middle of winter when the cross is always to a reporter standing on a street in pitch darkness somewhere. After three or four of these in a row I felt like I was watching a Monty Python skit.)
Charles Chauvel is complaining to the Privacy Commissioner about Bennett. This could go either way: she might find that giving confidential information to the country’s largest newspaper is such a violation of rights that each woman is entitled to a seven figure payout; it seems more likely she will conclude that the Minister ‘did not follow procedure’ and meekly recommend that a committee be set up to clarify the law for future reference.
Key has stood by his Minister so it’s hard to see her getting sacked – the risk is that the Prime Minister will look like a fool if Bennett is found to have broken the law and the PM was ‘relaxed and comfortable’ about it.