In the HoS

May 24th, 2009 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

By coincidence, I’m quoted twice in the HoS this week.

The HoS did a number of stories on MPs expenses, and quotes me:

Kiwiblog’s David Farrar this week acknowledged MPs’ legal entitlement to claim up to $24,000 in Wellington accommodation expenses, but questioned the moral propriety of the way some did it.

In particular, he objected to the practice of MPs using their parliamentary superannuation scheme to buy a house, then renting it back to themselves – allowing themselves to claim $24,000 when their mortgage interest payments would amount to far less. “It’s a conflict of interest, you’re effectively landlord and tenant,” Farrar says.

They also did a story on Paula Bennett.

BENNETT’S SUPPORTERS love her for her Westie chutzpah and outrageous sense of humour – when Labour MP Annette King berated her for giving Grey Power the brush-off, leaving them with an impression that “a loud laugh will solve all the questions put to her”, Bennett emitted a loud laugh.

Says Waitakere Mayor and former Labour Party president Bob Harvey: “The West has taken a shine to her. They like her style; she’s brown and fun and she understands the job. I think they’re prepared to forgive if a person is genuine and good.”

And later on talking about the Rankin appointment:

Kiwiblog’s David Farrar agrees the Halaholo omission was a lapse of judgment, but argues the Rankin omission was valid and even tactical. “It’s probably best not to tell the Prime Minister stuff like that: it’s not relevant, and it also protects him if he’s asked ‘Did he know?’.”

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21 Responses to “In the HoS”

  1. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Gosh!!!

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    The blogopshere’s influence is rising while the mainstream media sinks.

    As for Harvey’s comments-

    “The West has taken a shine to her. They like her style; she’s brown and fun and she understands the job. I think they’re prepared to forgive if a person is genuine and good.”

    Good god, even knowing how patronising and arrogant these leftist swine can be, that’s a statement that would take some beating in terms of offensiveness.

    Just goes to show don’t it, how the left get a free ride from their media friends. Imagine if Lockwood Smith or Melissa Lee or Christine Rankin had said such a thing. There would be block headlines 20cm high in the Herald.

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  3. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    …..add that to David Shearers largely unreported “immigrant criminal” comments,
    FFS – no wonder Labours blog is called ‘the standard’ – its to remind them there are two sets of them

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  4. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Not a National voter but did think the article was unfair. Started talking about her clothing, her family everything that is irrelevant. sure she has a different background to the average MP, but this is what we need in parliament. Then they started adding a few positive comments to try an appear balanced. If she were male I doubt she would get this sort of scrutiny, I’d prefer the Herald get away from the personal stuff and look at how she is going as a minister. Its a little early to tell I would have thought.
    And they need to stop stereotyping Westies as well, we are not all mocassin wearing, heavy drinkers who like some biffo.

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  5. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “And they need to stop stereotyping Westies as well, we are not all mocassin wearing, heavy drinkers who like some biffo.”

    That’s right. Some of you wear running shoes.

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  6. bharmer (686 comments) says:

    DPF as a candidate for next year’s “Dancing with the Stars”? :-D

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  7. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    Self serving politicians who would have guessed.
    Now which MPs have bought a house and rented it back to themselves ?
    Not too many in Wellington with a mote that the peasant taxpayers will pay to have cleaned.
    Good little shit stirring story for some from the media to follow up.

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  8. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    I hear Russel Norman doing a huge flip flop on Pubic Address Radio on the David Shearer “Grey man’ comments

    “What I meant to say was, and it was totally my mistake, its not the media misreporting me- it was unfair and Im sorry about that”

    I don’t see any headlines in the Herald – (compared to Lee getting 6 lead articles in the same paper for her apology)

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  9. Will de Cleene (485 comments) says:

    “It’s probably best not to tell the Prime Minister stuff like that: it’s not relevant, and it also protects him if he’s asked ‘Did he know?’.”

    Ah, the “I was elected to lead, not to read” defence!

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  10. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    bchapman you must be bloody joking, you want more tanned social worker bloody types in parliament, bollocks to that.
    Christ I would rather see Collins with the social portfolio than some incompetent social worker.

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  11. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    You also got a mention from the PM in his speech to the LNI regional conference this morning – you’d best ask him for a report, remember it was said in jest.

    [DPF: Heh so I heard. He tells that bloody story everywhere - even told it to the first post-election Caucus. I was just being conservative based on early results!]

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  12. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Patrick Starr – as you pointed out, Russel Norman came clean and said:

    “it was totally my mistake, its not the media misreporting me”

    No praise from you for a MP fronting up and not blaming anyone else?
    Prise open the lid on the other eye of yours Patrick and try binocular-vision for a while – you’ll eventually learn to like it!

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  13. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    “Bennett emitted a loud laugh” – the height of humour for sure, however that was no laugh that was emitted!

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  14. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    grumpyoldhori,

    Can see your point to some degree, we don’t neccessarily need 120 Paula Bennetts. But I would like to see less lawyers, union officials, professional bureaucrats, electoral officers and party hacks.

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  15. Bok (740 comments) says:

    Wow village idiot, your call is up there, you have the audacity to call out Patrick in a holier then thou fashion and then go straight on to make derogatory comments about a persons laugh rather than her policies. How slimy and irrelevant can you “lefties” get? Real lefties care about people, the underprivileged and the under represented. In NZ lefties are wannabe chardonnay socialists who would like to think that they are intellectuals and might have been if they had enough brains to be able to think.

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  16. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    yes, you are indeed the village idiot “No praise from you for a MP fronting up and not blaming anyone else”

    What did Lee get castigated for after she made the comment? – that’s right, for not saying what she meant first time – exactly what Norman did

    point being that its apparently not news when the lefties do it!!

    geez you commies are fuckwits

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  17. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Patrick Starr – did Russel Norman ‘castigate’ Lee for her comments? You say he did a ‘huge flip flop’, but failed to give credit for his honesty – I stand by my ‘one-eyed’ claim.
    Bok – audacity? Calling Starr wasn’t audacious. Making a jibe over the language Farrar used… maybe! Do ‘fart’ jokes upset you? You’re too sensitive to be on this blog!

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  18. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    Village idiot – you really are struggling aren’t you? I’ll try again.

    Russel Normans level on honesty has nothing to do with it. I’ll repeat. He apologised over an apparently offensive remark he made (like Lee did) but it doesn’t rate a mention in any MSM.
    This is the same as David Shearer- who made comments that could be considered more offensive, and certainly more racial than Lees comment, and again it hardly rates MSM attention.
    Google each candidate with respective contentious remarks, Lee has over 300 MSM news articles, whilst Shearer has 2 and Norman has none
    I don’t disagree with any of the relevant comments that either Shearer, Norman or Lee have made – they are all true – but the issue is that the MSM only sensationalise it when its made by a non left wing candidate – and if you an authority on ‘one eyed’ issues how could you possibly not understand that one?

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  19. kiwipolemicist (393 comments) says:

    1) Paula Bennett is not “good”, she’s a totalitarianist public menace who believes that she owns your children.

    http://kiwipolemicist.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/paula-bennett-claims-ownership-of-all-new-zealand-children/

    2) I agree with the comment above, only a commie like Bob Harvey can get away with calling someone “brown”. Key or Hide would be flayed alive for that.

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  20. petal (704 comments) says:

    “BENNETT’S SUPPORTERS love her for her … outrageous sense of humour”

    Does that mean she makes Mike King blush?

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  21. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Starr – Russel Norman’s remark was contentious? The public should cry out? Really? Sensitive soul.
    Petal – “Bennett’s supporters”…don’t go there!

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