If Clutha Southland MP Hamish Walker had told media he had the personal details of Covid-19 patients, would not give the information to them, but was alerting them to a serious breach of privacy, he would have been able to stand on the moral high ground.
Instead he made the mistake of sending the details.
That was a very serious error of judgement for which there are no excuses.
I am so very sorry, I know and like Hamish and until now he has done everything a new MP should do in working for his constituents and handling his shadow portfolios well.
I learned of the news at a National Party function last night.
More than 100 people were there to listen to party leader Todd Muller who spoke with authority and handled questions with aplomb.
The audience was impressed. I am even more so knowing that he knew about this and gave not a hint of the trouble it was causing and the media storm he would be facing afterwards.