The Spinoff has two statements on the Labour Party inquiry:
In spite of Jacinda Ardern’s exhortation that ‘it would be preferable if this case were not in the public domain’, differing accounts of what was said in an inquiry into the conduct of a (now former) Labour staffer, who denies wrongdoing, have been issued today to media from the chair of the Labour investigating committee, Simon Mitchell, and the complainant known as Sarah.
Below, we print the statements in full, both sent via a lawyer acting for Simon Mitchell and a lawyer acting for the complainants to The Spinoff. . .
It’s difficult to believe that the two statements are about the same investigation.
When you get he said, she said like this both can’t be right.
Both statements raise even more questions about who said and did what and when.
Both reflect even more poorly on the Labour Party and those involved in the whole messy business and do nothing.
Worse still Winston Peters has waded into the fray.
Asked what he had made watching the issue from the sidelines, the NZ First leader told Newstalk ZB there had been a lack of presumption of innocence.
“All that went flying out the window in what a disgraceful orgy of speculation and innuendo. None of which I can tell you, even from where I sit and what I know, will be proven by the evidence,” he said.
“What I saw unfolding is actually a disgrace.”
What’s a disgrace is the way the complainants were treated. Whether or not their complaints are right or wrong, they deserved to be treated sensitively and fairly.
What’s a disgrace is that the Deputy PM is undermining the PM.
What’s a disgrace is that the PM wasn’t fully informed and in control from the start and in spite of her best efforts isn’t now.