Danya Levy at the Dom Post reports:
Prime Minister John Key says the Government was powerless to stop disgraced former minister Richard Worth being re-appointed as Monaco’s honorary consul to New Zealand.
Worth was reappointed to the position last October.
In 2009, he resigned from Parliament after sexual allegations against him by two women. He was never charged over the alleged incidents.
Key said Worth held the position before becoming a minister in his Government but resigned because of conventions protecting potential conflicts of interests.
The government of Monaco had approached New Zealand to have him reappointed when he was no longer a minister.
”The important point here is that it is nothing to do with me, it’s who do the people of Monaco want to represent them here in New Zealand and the answer is Richard Worth,” he told TVNZ’s Breakfast programme.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully had sought a legal opinion over whether the Government could prevent his re-appointment, Key said. However, the Government was advised it had no grounds to stop it.
Richard Worth was the Consul for Monaco for many years before he became a Minister. It is no surprise they asked him to resume the role after he left Parliament.
What I find interesting is the massive difference in reporting around Darren Hughes and Richard Worth. Both men were accused of sexual crimes, and in both cases no charges were laid. In the case of Darren Hughes, the media report that he could stand again for Parliament in a few years
Yet when it comes to Richard Worth, the reporting suggests there is something wrong that he has got on with his life after Parliament and assumed one of his former roles – a role far far less publicly significant than standing for Parliament again.Tags: Darren Hughes, Richard Worth