COMMENT:

If the Politician of the Year were based on this week's performance there would not be many outstanding contenders among the leading figures.

Jacinda Ardern was forced to abandon her prime ministerial distance from the case of imprisoned Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek.

She admitted she had received a text from a mutual acquaintance of hers and Sroubek's commending her on the decision to let him stay in New Zealand (since reversed).

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It confirmed a connection between her and the case, albeit a tenuous one, that National had clearly had a whiff of some weeks ago.

Winston Peters did nothing

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