Matt McCarten's column this morning is primarily about Hekia Parata now being unlikely to be New Zealand's first Prime Minister of Maori descent.
But hidden away as he reflects on the crash and burn of previous aspirants to that role (Winston Peters, John Tamihere and Shane Jones), he drops in this gem:
Jones' approving citizenship for someone with questions over their character, after being advised not to, smells.The best he can now hope for is that the impending inquiry clears him.I wouldn't be surprised that whatever the result, he will give the political game away and resign. Unlike many of his fellow parliamentarians, he'd make a better living outside without the aggro.
Matt McCarten gets it. He understands that the Bill Liu case does indeed smell. We are glad that it is going to be subjected to scrutiny and sunlight.