But with respect Dr Norman, when this inquiry was announced, all you said was that it should be a transparent process; you had no issue with the Inspector-General carrying it out. So why have an issue now, rather than then?
That would have to be one of the better questions asked of a political leader in the last wee while. The obvious conclusion, and not the waffling answer that Dr Norman gave was that the outcome of the Inspector-General's inquiry was not the one that the Green Party and the Labour Party wanted. He has also shown considerable disrespect to Justice Paul Neazor, a former Solicitor-General and High Court Judge, and a man of far higher integrity than Dr Norman.
And now, Russel Norman is calling for an inquiry into the inquiry, and he also wants the Police to waste time on yet another inquiry. He is grabbing at straws in trying to draw parallels between this case and the Teapot Tapes, where information was recorded unlawfully (in the opinion of the police who investigated), and then made available to news media organisations and politicians.
Russel Norman's request to the police is blatant political grandstanding. Oddly, when he tried to front-foot revelations just prior to the election that a Green Party activist whose partner worked in his office had coordinated a campaign of billboard vandalism, he did NOT call for a police inquiry; perhaps the only time in living memory that the Greens haven't called for an inquiry! So perhaps it's time for the police to revisit that as well.
As for Nadine Chalmers-Ross; if she is going to ask the hard questions of politicians of whichever hue, perhaps the Breakfast producers need to find a way of giving her a higher profile way, given that Petra Bagust avoids tough interviews like the plague, and that Rawdon Christie has made no attempt to hide his political leanings in recent weeks.