As the Summernats sagas grow ever more lurid the Chief Minister has put his hand up to a bit of media manipulation.
We had wondered just how a handy treasury minute on Summernats finances had found its way into the hands of media.
It turns out Mr Stanhope left it behind for them after a media conference.
He has very graciously accepted “full responsibility” for his actions which, as it happenned, applied pressure exactly where he wanted it.
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Still, it’s not the sort of trick you can pull every day is it?
How long would be a decent period to wait before trying it again? Six months? Two years?