When State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes issued the statement setting up his inquiry into Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf, he issued a forlorn plea: "I ask that people step back and let this process be completed."

Fat chance, and just as well.

The revelation in the Herald on Friday that the GCSB tried to warn the Government about Makhlouf's wrong use of the term "hacking" in reference to the Budget leak puts the matter into a different league.


It does what National has been praying for and that is turn the focus away from Makhlouf and on to Government ministers.