I sure wish I were well-off enough to forget about $50k in an offshore bank account.
No, it doesn’t make Shearer corrupt. No, it’s not a rort. But it is:
- a very vivid symbol of his membership of an elite – an elite who do not actually have to know instantly how much cash they have on hand – quite unlike the Waitakere Man whose vote he courts
- another amateur fuckup (paperwork is haaaaaaaaard)
- a breathtaking illustration of his lack of political instinct. Did no one in his office think the phrase “offshore account” posed a risk? Before it became “undeclared offshore account”? Undeclared offshore United Nations slush fund worth more than 50k, even?