What a happy coincidence for the Opposition.
John Key was in Washington with the expectation of good publicity when the story broke on the suspicion Israelis in Christchurch during the February earthquake were spies.
Key, caught on the hop, initially stonewalled with a not-in-the-public-interest response. Within a few hours he accepted that was wrong and gave a much better explanation, with details.
Phil Goff saw an opportunity to score points from this and complained he hadn’t been briefed. But he had and as David Farrar points out at Kiwiblog Goff not only made false accusations about the Prime Minister, he attacked the SIS.
Everyone makes mistakes, even leaders. But good leaders accept they got something wrong and do their best to put it right.
Key did that, Goff has yet to do so properly.
”If there had been anything of substance said to me I’m sure I would recollect it.”
Once more, Key got pushed into a hole and climbed out. Goff jumped into a hole and kept digging.