So there was dear old Phil rocketing into John Key yesterday for not taking a firmer line over the Paul Henry brain explosion. Ok, agreed, JK's response was limited to labelling him a "Shock Jock" but let's say he had gone further and called for PH's head. That would have left TV1 hamstrung as any decent employment lawyer would be able to argue 'abuse of process' and 'undue political pressure'.
But Phil, as a lawyer of very little experience, could hardly be expected to know that ... and pigs fly high.
Contrast this with Phil's deafening silence over the revelation that a Labour Party member(s) standing on the Labour Party ticket in the Auckland Local Body elections is now before the Courts facing multiple charges of electoral fraud.
True leadership would have seen Phil put out a Press Release along these lines ......
"As leader of the Labour Party I am saddened that members of my Party are now facing charges of electoral fraud. I place the highest store on the integrity of the electoral process and any abuse of that will not be tolerated. I am particularly concerned that this action could lead to the results being challenged in the Courts.
I acknowledge that our selection process might be seen as found wanting and I expect the president of the Labour Party will take action to correct this. In the meantime I confirm it is my view that if those persons now before the Courts are found guilty of electoral fraud then they should be expelled from the Labour Party".
But he won't because ...................................
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