In all the noise and media hubris over John Key's refusal to answer questions yesterday, the Greens were the major beneficiary. The revelations that a Green Party member (now ex-member) and the partner of Russel Norman's Executive Assistant (now suspended) co-ordinated and had knowledge of (respectively) a plan to commit widespread vandalism on National Party billboards went unnoticed yesterday.
They shouldn't, for there are still far too many questions and far too few answers. The media has been so determined to cause the downfall of John Key that Russel Norman's "assurances" have been taken as gospel; he has not been given anywhere near the same level of media scrutiny as the PM, when the accusations against the Greens are arguably far more serious.
And what of other Green MP's? Metiria Turei, the Greens co-leader with Norman, and from a self-confessed anarchist background has been silent. We've not heard a word from Catherine Delahunty, a close associate of Sue Bradford's; whilst Bradford condemned the Greens for selling out and apologising. And Gareth Hughes' silence on social media has been noted; for the last few weeks Hughes has been travelling the length and breadth of the land creating an impressive carbon footprint and telling the world about it; since mid-morning Tuesday, he's barely been sighted on Twitter or Facebook; coincidence?
Perhaps Duncan Garner or Patrick Gower should infiltrate a Green media conference today, and fire repetitive questions at Russel Norman. There's a reason why the hard answers haven't been given yet; the hard questions have yet to be asked.