Key called on to resign over Dotcom scandal
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 9:47a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Dotcom saga continues to dog Prime Minister John Key, with revelations his office was told about the internet entrepreneur in the middle of last year.
The scandal is providing plenty of fodder for the Opposition. New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters is on the attack, calling for Mr Key’s resignation.
“He has said he’s going to hold his ministers to the highest possible standards, he said about people like Shane Jones… ‘He’s got some serious questions to answer.’ Well Mr Key’s got some serious questions to answer now and frankly my statement is if he’s prepared to sack others, why don’t you sack yourself?”
Labour Party leader David Shearer took a less vociferous approach when speaking to Firstline this morning.
“There is a pattern emerging here of basically back-covering, bungling and possibly not telling the truth, not being completely upfront,” he said.
He believes this is not the last controversial discovery to come from the Dotcom saga – now nearly nine months old.
“There is more to come on this, we need a full independent inquiry on the Dotcom affair because quite frankly people do not have confidence in our intelligence agencies," says Mr Shearer. "I think they’re beginning to lose trust in the Prime Minister who sits on top as well.”
Mr Shearer says the controversy around the GCSB also impacts the international reputation of the country’s intelligence agencies.
Mr Key says his office didn't pass on a message about Kim Dotcom's application to buy a mansion north of Auckland. He says it's not surprising that he wasn't told as it was only a small matter at the time.
“The guy’s in his electorate, he has the biggest mansion in Auckland… I just fail to understand how he could not know of him or certainly not know of the operation and details of the operation later on,” says Mr Shearer.
Mr Peters is taking the Labour leader’s sentiment one step further – saying the Prime Minister had to have known.
“If someone received a serious call from a senior minister like Simon Power to do with a mansion purchase in your electorate, and you’re Prime Minister and that message isn’t passed on, then that’s a sacking offense, that’s why I say he did know,” he says.
“Everybody around him, all the senior staff members knew, everybody apparently at the head of certain ministries knew, the head of the security agencies all knew, the police knew, but [John Key] didn’t know. This cannot be, surely.”
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18/10/2012 3:29:55 p.m.
Helen got away with a lot worse, John's still a amature, as far as wriggling goes this is about a 4 outta 10.
17/10/2012 10:31:00 a.m.
keep hold of the bit Winston . Give it your all and get rid of those who make our lives HELL . low perorming/non performing = KEY/BENNETT, both need sacking .! Put a motion of No Confidence on the papers for the parliament we dont need them because they have used us . and we have no confidence in both of them at all.
11/10/2012 9:47:18 p.m.
He lied, blatantly, to the whole nation and it's not the first time. That's a sacking offence.
11/10/2012 11:36:19 a.m.
Key can't go. Then we have English. That's the guy who signed the paper to try to keep eavesdropping secret from Justice Winkelmann. And anyway, if you asked him privately who he would rather have as AG, the little guy from Rongotai or the big guy from Coatesville I think he'd give "no comment" on that too. In fact, even Rodney, or David Bain, or any down-to-earth non-lawyer could put the 'just' in justice!
11/10/2012 8:40:34 a.m.
Go Winston. I voted him in just to get up JKs nose and he's doing just that. Hes like a pitbull and wont let go.
11/10/2012 12:19:11 a.m.
Stop Key's Zombie Army wrote:
Thank goodness Peters has stopped migrant-bashing.
11/10/2012 12:16:46 a.m.
Does double jeopardy apply to an extradition offence? If not, why didn't Justice Asher nullify the provisional warrant until such time as the elemental substance of the alleged offending was clarified? He couldn't eliminate Dotcom's alleged risk of sprouting wings as a favour to the applicant. He needed legal, explainable, power of statute or common law to detain him
10/10/2012 12:47:06 p.m.
Still milking this one. I bet if it was an average joe that came to NZ wanted by the states for internet "fraud" it would be a one liner in the paper of a government agency stuff-up and possibly a follow up article. Because it's a rich big (Can't say fat in PC land) German its big news. Chinas Huawai telecommunications network set up here has more illegal downloads through it then Megaupload ever had. Sorry big guy and while this is being dragged on - and where is my helicopter ride too! And Mr W Peters get back to immigration where it is needed.
10/10/2012 12:34:45 p.m.
@ thomas allen howard. Im intrigued and looking forward to tonights program myself. This has to be the single most bungling govt of all time.
10/10/2012 12:00:15 p.m.
Yep. Time to go. Get out.
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