Is there a politician in the country who hasn’t been stained by Kim DotCon? The latest is former immigration minister Jonathan Coleman, who in exercising the discretion to let him enter New Zealand was supposed to have overlooked the fat German’s previous crimes and indiscretions. Or not.
But Coleman’s not the first, and he won’t be the last, to be embarrassed by association.
The reason that so many have been embarrassed by just one man, however large, is that – let’s be frank – there are so many laws, and so many ways in which politicians have given themselves discretion over those laws.
To paraphrase PJ O'Rourke, when entering and exiting and buying and selling are all at the behest and discretion of legislators, then legislators will be bought and sold – or, at least, be tainted with the suspicion that they have been.
And it serves the buggers right. They deserve it.