Excuse the pun, but Mr Hide (ACT leader) must be gleeing in the wake of Mr Benson-Pope's mess. He withdrew his allegations after they were raised and rejected by Benson-Pope in parliament last week. No doubt Mr Hide had some scheme up his sleave to cause damage to this government's reputation. He must've known that by getting Benson-Pope to reject these accusations, it would cause those accusers to come forth. He has certainly achieved that. This morning on National Radio though Mr Hide was calling for Benson-Pope to be sacked completely from cabinet despite the inquiry even getting underway! The more reasonable National MP Judith Collins wanted to hear Benson-Pope's response in parliament later today. I assume he denied all allegations.
3News certainly made a big whizz and bang over the whole affair last night with their 'Exclusive' leading their 6pm news bulletin. I was a little disappointed ONE News had it further down the order in theirs. It does raise some questions on whether TVNZ is biased (even though I've been ignoring that so far as I choose to watch ONE News anyday over 3!)
Here comes another inquiry though. How many ministers have had to stand down or have been sacked now? We've had Dalziel over the Sri Lankan girl immigration lie, John Tamihere for his infamous outburst, Dover Samuels for some convictions...I hope Mr Benson-Pope is found to be innocent, but the evidence seems to be pretty even on both sides!