We blogged yesterday about Phil Goff's factually incorrect attack under parliamentary privilege on Auckland lawyer Peter Kiely. Goff's allegations have been rebutted by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.
Over at Kiwiblog last night and this morning a number of lawyers expressed opinions on Mr Kiely and the legal niceties of his management of the alleged conflict of interest. And to a lawyer, they said that he had gone even further than he was required to do in terms of management of the shares involved, and his declaration of a conflict. And this comment from Alex Masterley (an Auckland lawyer whom we know personally in real life) summed things up pretty well:
Phil Goff has been left hopelessly exposed on this issue, which has rebounded on him big-time. We hope that at Question Time this afternoon he does the decent thing and issues a full, unconditional apology to Peter Kiely. If he is not prepared to do that, he should repeat his allegations outside the House, and let the defamation court see who is right and who is wrong.
Of course, neither of those things is likely to happen.