Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:29

Capital cock-up

Written by  Milking It

The effects of Labour’s spectacular own-goal in its second major sex scandal are set to drag on.

The party president has quit: Prime Minister continues to plead ignorance.

The key question is who in the party knew about the complaints of sexual assault and when? Many are skeptical about the PM’s claim she didn’t know. 

National’s Paula Bennett last week claimed under privilege that the complainants told her the PM’s former chief of staff, her chief press secretary and the director of her leader’s office all knew about the allegations.

Will we get any answers any time soon? Veteran political journalist Barry Soper says don’t hold your breath. 

“Rather than answering the questions, Ardern will be winging her way to the UN Leaders’ Week in New York the week after next, which for her will provide the sort of relief she revels in -- an adoring international media,” Soper writes.

“There’ll certainly be no repeat of her slogan from the UN podium a year ago of how Me Too must become We Too.”

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