‘Put up or shut up' Key tells Shearer
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 6:00p.m.
By Political Editor Duncan Garner
Two senior MPs were kicked out of Parliament today amid increasing rancour around Prime Minster John Key and what he knew about the GCSB operation into Kim Dotcom.
Mr Key corrected previously incorrect answers in the House, leading Opposition politicians to call him a liar.
Now all the focus is on whether Mr Key's February speech to GCSB staff was filmed, as claimed by Labour Party leader David Shearer. It has emerged there was a camera in the room capable of filming the Prime Minister. So was it deleted?
When Mr Key tried to put the record straight, the Opposition wouldn't let him, leading speaker Lockwood Smith to dismiss Labour MP David Parker and New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters from the House. But they didn't go to the sin bin quietly.
Mr Key then clarified his wrong answers. He now accepts he first heard of the GCSB's involvement in the Dotcom case in February, not September as he has claimed.
“Mr Speaker, my answers were based on my recollections of events and the view of the director,” says Mr Key. “There was no intention to mislead the House."
But then Mr Key launched at Mr Shearer.
“He should put up or shut up. In fact, he should apologise for his unsubstantiated claims.”
Mr Shearer has claimed there was a tape of a speech Mr Key made to GCSB staff in February, where he arguably mentioned Dotcom. The problem is no tape has emerged.
Mr Shearer was cornered and today got angry.
“All I'm saying is exactly what our sources have told us, and we ask those questions of John Key,” says Mr Shearer.
Still photographs were taken of Mr Key speaking to GCSB staff on February 29, in what the GCSB today described to 3 News in an Official Information Act request as an "address" or "speech" from Mr Key. And Mr Key admitted today a camera was in the room and was capable of filming.
“I'm advised there was a camera there – certainly a camera of capable of making a recording," says Mr Key.
But Mr Key says the spies say no recording was made or deleted, and we should trust them.
“There was no tape taken by the GCSB, and the leader of the Opposition has besmirched."
We asked Mr Key how sure he is that no tape is out there, and if he will resign if one does emerge.
“No,” he says. “I'll respond to the tape."
But Mr Shearer has proven two things – Mr Key spoke to staff and, at best, Mr Key can't remember if he mentioned Dotcom. Now Parliament's biggest brawlers are accusing Mr Key of not telling the truth.
“I know that John Key told lies,” says Labour MP Trevor Mallard.
“I'm saying he's not telling the truth, and if he doesn't like [that] he can sue me,” says Mr Peters.
Mr Key won't do that, but this issue is grubby, and neither Mr Shearer nor Mr Key is covering himself in glory.
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17/10/2012 4:53:44 p.m.
I can not understand anyone not wanting to get the truth here!! WHY because I for one do not wish to have a PM that lies for his own personal gain. This will and is already becoming disastrous for NZ. It may just appear to be one lie but how many more has or will he tell?? And what is his ultimate reason for all this mess?? Only a fool would have a liar as PM and right now all NZers are being made fools of!!
17/10/2012 12:24:07 a.m.
I agree Jimmy
16/10/2012 10:49:13 p.m.
The Prme Minister admits he misled Parliament and that hardly rates as news in brief on TV3, where the politcal editor raves about whether a security video to confirm it exists? Mr Garner should watch the final episode of "The Newsroom" -- where the belief that documents existed led to confessions of phone hacking! That the document was a cooking recipe was incidental to uncovering the real story!
16/10/2012 10:41:24 p.m.
Mrs Dotcom tweets: "What a joke you are!!! You are looking like a clown and you know it, but you just DON'T CARE!!!" Who is she referring to, Gosh?
16/10/2012 10:15:45 p.m.
Of course had it been a Labour MP in this kind of mess there would be none of this "lets get on with running the country". This celebrity PM of ours would be the first to jump up and down until the Labour MP is made to walk the plank.
16/10/2012 10:12:28 p.m.
No matter how much of the 'benefit of the doubt' I try to give John Key, my gut instinct just does not agree! It tells me to trust Mr David Shearer instinctively & to reject Key as a cunning liar. Am I or my gut feeling wrong?
16/10/2012 8:28:22 p.m.
@just me, how dim!! @Jimmy, well said! @Mr Shearer, paddle back to the shallow end of the pool!
16/10/2012 8:13:43 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
John Key is a perfect example of a politician no-one can trust or believe in.
If my memory serves me correct but didn't Key claim no recording of Cuppagate was made until it was proved to be true?
There are many cameras in the world in this technological world.Even cell phones are capable of photos and videos.
To date I am more inclined to believe David Shearer than I would believe anything Key and Co say from now on.Key and Co now have a proven track record of lying easily and effortlessly.Due to their own actions they have destroyed any little remaining trust or regard 99% of NZers had for them.
Prior to Election 2011 Key promised the Pike River Miners families there would be recovery of the remains.Post election 2011 that promise is quickly discarded and the next of kin of the miners treated badly as a result of a broken political promise.
16/10/2012 8:05:43 p.m.
heehee, all you lefty 'conspiracy theorists'...go for it...the spies deleted it all and nothing remains!...or back on earth/reality, Shearer said their was a tape by GSCB, retracted and said it not videod by GSCB but was an 'off duty?' spy in a cafe! and he still has no proof...lol, this is key stone kops 101 stuff, make the alligation...make the opposition leader sweat and stand resolute saying 'no tape exists'..then release said tape!..done like a sunday dinner!!!. But if you haven't actually saw/in posession of any tape..ohh dear, ohh dear. C,mon Lefties..where's your conspiracy, afterall Shearer can't be wrong eh?...where's the proof??...ohh wait, the 'spooks' got rid of it all at Key's behest...lol
16/10/2012 7:59:07 p.m.
These scandals are ridiculous, can they get on with running the country!
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