According to Jared Savage in the NZ Herald today, “electoral returns out next week will confirm that a National Party MP received $25,000 from a controversial businessman after Prime Minister John Key had a private dinner with him, at the man’s home.
The PM has always maintained that he met Donghua Liu at a National Party fundraiser but would never say where.
When previously asked last year about his personal contact with Mr Liu, a spokeswoman for Mr Key stated: “As Prime Minister and the leader of the National Party, Mr Key attends a number of functions up and down the country which are attended by a large number of people. While we don’t have a record of who attends these events, Mr Key recalls seeing Mr Liu at various functions, including a dinner as part of a National Party fundraiser.”
She went on to say the fundraiser was in August 2013 at a “private home and we will not be disclosing the address in Auckland” – without clarifying the dinner was at Mr Liu’s home.
Yesterday, the PM stood by his statement and declined to answer any questions. “The Prime Minister’s statement was quite correct regarding his recollection of seeing Mr Liu at a number of events, including at a dinner,” a spokeswoman said. “Any questions regarding candidate donations are a matter for individual candidates.” ”
Why would John Key not tell the whole truth about his engagement with Liu? Why would he want to deny the public knowledge of just how deeply involved Mr Liu is with the National Party? Just how much influence do wealthy Chicom businessmen, who are mostly cronyist associates of the Communist government, have over NZ’s government?
I have always been curious about the reasons behind John Key’s sudden rise to power within the National Party and the origins of his reputedly well off financial backers. I think that with John Key, there’s always a lot more going on than what the public are told.