No-one had ever thought of him as a potential Olympic performer but Iain Lees-Galloway’s back somersault with double twist this week would surely have qualified him.
If he doesn’t make it to Tokyo, he still won an award from the Prime Minister – he retained his job as Immigration Minister, despite calls from the Opposition for his resignation.
It may be something he comes to regret, for he now carries the stigma of a minister who is little short of a walking disaster, one who can’t be left to make a decision on his own.
He may be grateful that Deputy PM Winston Peters sought to defend him in the House, although Peters in effect gave the game away when he conceded Lees-Galloway had made a “mistake”.
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