David Farrar says it's not the minister's fault, because the department of Internal Affairs didn't tell him. Apparently the concept of ministerial responsibility doesn't apply to National Party ministers.
Trevor Mallard has claimed on Red Alert that there was no obligation to purchase the 32 additional vehicles. Given that he was a cabinet minister at the time the deal was made, his version of events ought to be reliable.
Bill English also admitted on Radio NZ that the Government hadn't looked at the cost of breaking the BMW contract.
I said earlier that we should not judge the Government until we had all the details. The details are now coming in now, and they don't look pretty.