Williams to resign this week

November 30th, 2008 at 10:46 am by David Farrar

The SST reports that will resign as Party President this week. Sadly there is no word on whether he has resigned off all the Government boards appointed him to.

He still claims no regrets over his attempted smear job of John Key:

Williams, who drew much criticism for his dash to Melbourne late in the election campaign to examine papers about National leader John Key, said he had no regrets about doing so.

The 13,000 pages of court documents turned out to contain nothing incriminating of Key.

“To use a metaphor, if you’re pinned down, somebody has to crawl out under the barbed wire,” Williams told the Sunday Star-Times. “I drew the short straw on that one and the chance of getting my arse shot off, and I did.” The allegations had to be checked out, he said.

It’s sad he still doesn’t realise his mistake. As Party President he never ever should have been flying to Melbourne and taking back 20 kgs of papers. There were scores of other people who could have been dispatched.

Merely being a party president for the party no longer in power, doesn’t mean one should have to immediately resign all your Government appointments. Normally they would be allowed to see their terms out.

But WIlliams tried to prove that the Prime Minister was NZ’s biggest fraudster. He personally drove and managed an attempted smear campaign. He even blogged about it as Batman. He sent copies of documents to journalists at their home addresses. Having done all that, how ca he expect to be trusted to govern any crown entity on behalf of the new Government?

If Williams will not proactively resign, the Government shoudl show some balls and write to him asking him to resign off all the Boards he is on.

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33 Responses to “Williams to resign this week”

  1. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “If Williams will not proactively resign, the Government should show some balls and write to him asking him to resign off all the Boards he is on.”

    Damn right, and there should not be any discussion or doubt about it. This person is one of those who IMHO brought politics to a new low in NZ. Like so many of his co-believers, he was prepared to do anything to cling to the power that is always the left’s obsession. His ruthlessly partisan behaviour disqualifies him from holding any future position in admin/management where political objectivity or sympathy for the present government’s objectives is important to the process.

    The analogy of crawling under the wire too is just a feeble attempt to portray himself as some kind of brave soldier showing initiative. His action were more like those of some deranged fool who sprays bullets into his own ranks. Cowardly too in their focus on smears rather than policy based argument.

    Williams with Klark presided over an exceptionally odious period in NZ politics and both of them should become history as soon as possible. Preferably forgotten history.

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  2. 3-coil (1,184 comments) says:

    Wasn’t Mike Williams after a job from Owen Glenn… how did that turn out?

    If Williams is not worthy of the trust of the NZ Labour Party’s big-money donor, he’s not fit for any of his cronyist appointments made to him by his corrupt 5th Labour government.

    If Williams won’t quit, he must be sacked.

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  3. GerryandthePM (328 comments) says:

    “He still claims no regrets over his attempted smear job of John Key.”

    “It’s sad he still doesn’t realise his mistake.”

    “But WIlliams tried to prove that the Prime Minister was NZ’s biggest fraudster.”

    “He personally drove and managed an attempted smear campaign.”

    Should we expect him to do the honourable thing and resign his Government Board Directorships?

    Why would we expect honour?

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  4. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Why would we expect honour?”

    Damn right. A jackal is never going to be anything but a jackal.

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  5. reid (15,541 comments) says:

    Political appointments in general need review.

    Why should it be for example that London and Washington Ambassador positions are always filled by ex-politicians? Merit-based appointments are required, across the board. This won’t rule out ex-politicians.

    Palmer for example is extremely well-qualified to act as the NZ rep on the International Whaling Commission, Caygill is also good value.

    Bolger was a bit of a surprise performer in Washington I must say and a merit-based system would probably not have seen him there. However he is an exception, not the rule. In general, a merit-based system would produce much better results.

    If National is going to lead the way by doing things such as apppointing a Speaker who is actually neutral and initiating an Electoral Reform process that actually seeks and involves cross-party support, then this is another important and significant area where past partisan behaviour needs changing. It will take courage since partisan appointments are very embedded by both sides whereas the former two areas were recent innovations exclusive to Liarbore.

    Obviously there are powerful interests within the govt and the wider Parliament that would want, nay insist upon, the continuation of such practices. To them I say, get fucked. Your precious bottoms are cloaked in enough taxpayer-funded velvet without your egos being additionally massaged by such appointments. Count yourself lucky we give you the gold-plated pension, that’s all that you deserve and for many of you given your performance, it’s a lot more than you deserve.

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  6. Frank (320 comments) says:

    Redbaiter: “Williams with Klark presided over an exceptionally odious period in NZ politics and both of them should become history as soon as possible. Preferably forgotten history.

    It must never be forgotten history. It must be remembered history, as a prime example of “Power Corrupting”.

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  7. reid (15,541 comments) says:

    “It must be remembered history”

    The well known saying “history repeats itself” in full reads “history repeats itself when you forget it.”

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  8. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    “But WIlliams tried to prove that the Prime Minister was NZ’s biggest fraudster. ”

    When?

    IMHO it was a legitimate inquiry. Those seeking the country’s highest job ought to be squeaky clean. The nats have continuously been through Helen’s background and could find nothing. The fact that labour was doing the same thing is just a sign of how American our politics has become.

    Key himself started the matter by mucking up the time that he left Elders. Either he was there when the H fee occurred or he was in the US organising an attack on the Kiwi dollar. It legitimate to work out what he was doing, rather than relying on Key’s apparently faulty memory.

    Tennis balls anyone? If behaviour at a former job that occurred 20 years ago is not a legitimate line of inquiry when why was Benson Pope attacked so mercilessly.

    And I do not see what difference there is if the President goes rather than an underling. Is DPF saying that the inquiry was legitimate but should have been trusted to someone further down the chain?

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  9. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    “why was Benson Pope attacked so mercilessly”

    I understand he paid good money for that

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  10. baxter (893 comments) says:

    If Williams will not proactively resign, the Government should show some balls and write to him asking him to resign off all the Boards he is on.

    And Joris De Bres, Rosslyn NOONAN, Caygill, Douglas, Palmer, The Crown Law Stooge now Palmer’s protege. All these flunkies occupy strategic positions and share a hatred of what the current Goverment stands for. CAYGILL in particular replaced a genuine neutral Commissioner specifically in order for the Corrupt administration to have a Yes man. There are probably plenty more who will be subverting the best intentions of the current administration and who will stymie reform.

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  11. getstaffed (9,188 comments) says:

    mickeysavage – take your whimpering apologist smears elsewhere.

    Your idol has been deposed by a public completely sick of Labour’s vicious, nasty and venal attempts to cling to power.

    Focus your energies on rebuilding the Labour party in a way that your namesake would have been proud of.

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  12. Manolo (12,626 comments) says:

    I doubt very much the shameless and thick-skinned Williams would have the decency to resign any of his plump board appointments. I believe the incoming government should force him out.

    Williams, the incompetent bully, brings no skills to those boards other than being Clark’s lackey and hatchet man. He must go.

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  13. LabourDoesntWork (278 comments) says:

    Nice of the cretin Mike Williams to admit that Labour plays by the rules of doing anything for power.

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  14. dad4justice (7,406 comments) says:

    This lying prick should be prison bound and he just goes to show that kiwi politics is the skilled use of large blunt objects.

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  15. Madeleine (230 comments) says:

    What astounds me is that they would have used someone so high profile for the smear. It makes you wonder if they were setting him up.

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  16. getstaffed (9,188 comments) says:

    Madeleine – or indeed how someone so incompetent got so high up.. in the first place!

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  17. enough rope (107 comments) says:

    Shameless and thick-skinned is right – and a self-regarding incompetent as well.
    I really do doubt that Williams was “used” – his secret-squirrel fishing trip was just
    the sort of silly overreaching initiative that should have brought him down years ago.

    When it comes to giving the clown the heave-ho from whatever appointments he may hold
    National must learn from Labour’s folly and NOT promote any party-hack drones whose only talent
    is self-serving partisan loyalty.

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  18. 3-coil (1,184 comments) says:

    While Williams’ proven abilities as a bagman and a liar were valuable to Hellen and her Last Labour Government, those roles are now redundant. Get rid of the lying prick before he does even more damage to the country.

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  19. Don the Kiwi (1,318 comments) says:

    Just fire the bastard.

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  20. pdm (842 comments) says:

    DPF said – `He personally drove and managed an attempted smear campaign’.

    I doubt that he did. For the last year or so he was very much under Clarks thumb and it is more likely that she did the driving and managing. Williams was the expendible lackey who could take the blame if the proverbial hit the fan. It is justice that both are well on their way out.

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  21. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    Williams’ multiple appointments allowed him to draw a total income that most of us would envy. Yet these were non-executive, part-time governance roles. The public purse remunerated the Party President, handsomely, without the Labour Party having to dip into its own pocket. He could still spend much of his “working week” as bagman for the Labour Party. Any impact on the quality of governance in SOEs and other public entities would have been no more than a secondary consideration.

    We all know that Labour, the Greens, NZ First and others desperately want full public funding of political parties. When the present law does not aurhorise funding for certain political activities, they take the money anyway. Witness the Labour pledge card theft, and the cosy remuneration arrangements from which Williams benefited.

    If we insist on going down this path of taxpayer funding of political parties, we do so at some considerable peril to our democratic traditions. The lines between State and Party have already become blurred to an unacceptable degree.

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  22. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    Time that all these gratuitous “jobs for the boys/girls” came up for automatic renewal at change of government time.
    While we get all excited about the waste of space called Williams don’t forget we have many more useless bastards given jobs by Helen.
    Among all the labour party faithful (like Yates) who of course have the best paying jobs other than MP they are ever going to get we have a certain Jim Bolger.
    I hope that dirty turncoat never gets any invites to the National Party Xmas Party ever again unless it is to serve the drinks. Everyone has their price and his is very, very low.

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  23. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    To true Johnboy many of these Liarbore wasters are known as “turners” around here, they turn good food into shit. Having said that it is a pity Williams is resigning as he is a good reminder to the people of NZ of what a full blown tosser looks like.

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  24. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    Still we will have Spud in his engine drivers hat to take his place won’t we.

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  25. enough rope (107 comments) says:

    . . . a certain Jim Bolger.
    I hope that dirty turncoat never gets any invites to the National Party Xmas Party ever again unless it is to serve the drinks. Everyone has their price and his is very, very low.

    Ha! Some hardship that’d be – unless hopefully Key institutes a better class of party entertainment than that dreary chap whose name escapes me, whose sole claim to be funny is that he wears red-framed eyeglasses.

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  26. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Don the Kiwi (125) Vote: 2 0 Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    >> Just fire the bastard.

    Hear fucking hear.

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  27. wreck1080 (3,523 comments) says:

    williams will be rolling in the greenbacks like scrooge mcduck. Why would he want to give that up?

    No doubt he is searching for golden handshakes.

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  28. Rich Prick (1,320 comments) says:

    Batman wasn’t a very good driver. That big puddle turned out to be just damp squib.

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  29. getstaffed (9,188 comments) says:

    He could still spend much of his “working week” as bagman for the Labour Party. Any impact on the quality of governance in SOEs and other public entities would have been no more than a secondary consideration

    I’d say the net quality of governance could have been improved by his absence.

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  30. Rex Widerstrom (5,125 comments) says:

    That he fills a post once held by someone of the calibre and integrity of Michael Hirschfeld encompasses the descent of the Labour Party from a platform of principle (albeit those with which not everyone would agree) to one of expediency, political immorality and overweening arrogance.

    I wonder if there’s anyone left in the party who can take his place and turn this trend around, or have the decent people long since left?

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  31. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,786 comments) says:

    Surely National has a payback list somewhere containing all the people it was going to deal to once back in power? Or is National too busy working down the “jobs for the boys” list? It would explain why the cabinet remains as bloated as it currently is. When shit really hits the fan in the winter of 2009 those BMW limousines won’t be looking quite so flash.

    Mike Williams is the first of a long list of Labour plants that needs removing. Get to it already!

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  32. Nomestradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    OECD rank 22 kiwi:

    It may actually be legally difficult to disassemble the Helengrad furniture (including Williams and other Labour-friendly appointees to Government boards). Are these fixed term appointments terminable for cause, or do the terms of appointment give the government wider dismissal powers (particularly where there’s a change of government)? I’d be interested in hearing from others on this.

    However, in an ideal world, it’d go like this: Mike “deep, dark secret” Williams finds gainful employment elsewhere (and one door he won’t be knocking on is Owen Glenn’s), and if he can’t, then he becomes National’s prototype for a work-for-the-dole scheme :)

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  33. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    enough rope … I have never seen Jim Bolger at a National Party function in the past eight years.

    But to Williams (and I agree he should resign from his various statutory appointments as there is no way he can ever expect to enjoy the confidence of the Government … but he won’t because he is an arrogant bastard and Labour thru and thru and it’s too much to expect him to do the right thing) …. and the thing that really interests me was the comment on Stuff that Anderton had been approached (by Williams?) to take over the Labour Party Presidency but turned it down.

    That this ever happened sez heaps about the state of Labour.

    Question …. Would Labour have allowed someone from another Party to be their President?

    Question …. Did they expect him to resign from the Progressives? (thereby allowing for that slimeball Robson to gain backdoor entry into Parliament)

    Question …. Why did they think he would turn his back on a $139k salary (as a Party Leader) for a modest honorarium? (or perhaps I am misinformed and their President receives something equivalent to that).

    Question …. Was it expected that Anderton might simply switch Parties allowing Robson to take his place as the Progressive MP? This would give Labour another MP (and a overhang) and there is nothing we could do about it.

    There is something basically rotten in the State of Labour and it continues.

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