John Key was on The Nation this morning and Paddy Gower set him up something horrible.
The last week in politics has been all about National attacking David Cunliffe setting up a secret trust to funnel donations for his leadership campaign. National (a) pointed out that this was blatant hypocrisy because Cunliffe had spent years complaining about National’s use of secret trusts and (b) indicated that Cunliffe had a hidden agenda because the public didn’t know the identity of the people donating to him.
Now (a) is fine. Cunliffe was a total fucking hypocrite. He deserved to have his face rubbed in shit and that’s exactly what happened. But National really went to town on point (b). Who were the undeclared donors? Kim Dotcom? The unions? Why wouldn’t Cunliffe say? What was he hiding?
Gower invited Key to repeat all of those questions on The Nation and then pointed out that National had used dinners at an Auckland restaurant to funnel anonymous donations into the National Party to the tune of $165,000. Gower asked of the Prime Minister: ‘Given your demands to know who Cunliffe’s anonymous donors are, shouldn’t you tell us who your anonymous donors are?’
‘No fucking way,’ was the approximate answer, and twitter this afternoon has been a firestorm of National lickspittles insisting that National’s anonymous donations are NOT THE SAME THING. They are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! I understand that the thresholds are different and that everything National did was within the rules but that doesn’t get around the problem that they’ve been railing against anonymous political donations all week when they’ve spent the past few years raking in huge sums of money in anonymous political donations.