But the TV3 story about Key and his vineyard sounds a bit daft to me: Key invested in the vineyard before he was elected and his investments were then placed into a blind trust – is he supposed to pretend he can’t remember buying a vineyard? Or assume that his blind trust monetised everything? (He probably gave specific guidelines to the contrary).
The PMs statement about the trust is a bit disingenuous:
I don’t know whether I own any assets or not,” says Mr Key. “The only assets are in our blind trust. I don’t know what those assets are.
The way I see it the purpose of the trust is to prevent him making investments based on his privileged knowledge available to him as Prime Minister – but Key can use it to avoid declaring conflicts of interest by pretending not to know what’s in his trust even though in reality he’ll have a pretty precise idea. That’s a wider issue though – just about every senior MP in the house has a trust that they use to conceal their assets from the media and the public (as well as rort the tax system).
Watching the news story reminds me that I dreamed about Paddy Gower a couple of nights ago. I can’t remember anything about it but I’m pretty sure it was a sex dream.