It is not before time that State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has launched an inquiry into the actions of Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf.

National has been baying for it. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made it plain that she wanted it.

The facts demanded it, namely the yawning gap between what Makhlouf said on Tuesday night about referring a case of deliberate and systematic hacking of Treasury to the police on the advice of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Thursday morning when the police found the opposite.


Instead, on Thursday morning, we received pre-dawn synchronised statements from