From Matt McCarten:
That John Key is a very smart operator. When Phil Goff a few weeks back demanded Key sack National's Phil Heatley after the use of his ministerial credit card to buy wine, Goff had the Government on the back foot.
Key offered not only to check all his ministers' expenses but cheerily offered to extend it to the last term of the Labour Government as well.
Goff's heart must have sunk. This week the credit card expenses came out on Thursday and none of it was good for Labour.
A number of former Labour ministers clearly didn't know where the line between their public responsibilities and personal luxury needs started and finished.
And from Kerre Woodham:
Phil Goff thundered sanctimoniously that Heatley's position went to his head.
He'd barely been minister for a year, Phil Goff expostulated, and his sense of entitlement was such that he ordered two bottles of wine with dinner. Heads should roll, Phil finished.
Well, as sure as the karma bus will make a stop at your door, Labour has found itself having to explain away thousands of dollars worth of credit card bills run up by its former ministers.
We look forward to hearing this week whether Phil Goff will demand the same standards of his own team as he did of Phil Heatley. We can't hardly wait to hear what he has to say ...