Consistency

March 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 am by David Farrar

voted that Winston Peters did nothing wrong when he consistently lobbied on behalf his then friend Owen Glenn to be made Honorary Consul to Monaco, without revealing that Glenn had paid $100,000 of Winston’s legal costs.

Yet Labour now say that writing a letter on behalf of a friend testifying to her health before an accident, is terrible, and there must be an inquiry.

Don’t get me wrong. My position all along is that Nick Smith was wrong to write that letter. And doing so on letterhead even worse.

But let’s just remember the huge of Labour and Winston here. Winston actively lobbied and pressured MFAT and Helen Clark of behalf of Owen Glenn, in his role as Foreign Affairs Minister. And never disclosing that Glenn’s ties to him. This all went to Privileges Committee, and despite a abundance of evidence, Labour voted against the Privileges Committee report. This act of tolerance of corruption was so sickening not even Labour poodle Jim Anderton could bring himself to vote against – he abstained.

And we won’t even mention their months of defence of Taito Philip Field, claiming all he was guilty of was working too hard for his constituents.

Again this is not a defence of Nick Smith. This is just pointing out the hypocrisy from Labour and Winston. Maybe someone could ask some of the Labour MPs who voted against the Privileges Committee report why it is bad for the ACC Minister to write a reference for a friend for ACC, yet fine for the Foreign Affairs Minister to lobby for a diplomatic position on behalf of a friend who paid $100,000 of his legal bills.

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26 Responses to “Consistency”

  1. David Garrett (5,120 comments) says:

    Excellent post DPF. Here’s a wager….the leftie weasels who look in here from time to time wont answer any of your excellent points, just talk about “right whingers whining” and the equivalent of “nah nah na nah nah…we got one!

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  2. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Was Grant Robertson working in Helen Clark’s office at the time?

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  3. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    David Garrett, don’t forget the typical “two wrongs don’t make a right” bullshit excuse or the apologist “we should hold ourselves to a higher standard, we’re better than them” crap as if that excuses the hypocrisy.

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  4. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    Fact is most pollies are two faced. they talk out of both sides of their gobs at the same time. Thats why they have very little credibility with most thinking citizens.

    You dont trust them even if they stand on a stack of Bibles. they are serial liars.

    However the LEFT are more prone to all of the above than the RIGHT.

    And Luigi is more prone than all the others put together.

    As long as you understand this as I do you are never disappointed by them.

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  5. David Garrett (5,120 comments) says:

    lms: At the risk of going off topic, pollies are forced to some extent to not speak the whole truth…or perhaps more accurately to avoid pointing out the obvious. I got into a couple of storms of shit prior to the Perfect Storm that took me out by failing to understand that pollies are now SUPPOSED to speak in blandishments and use double speak…

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  6. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    Yet again proving why Labour aren’t fit for parliament let alone the Government benches.

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  7. flipper (3,269 comments) says:

    It would be helpful, DPF, if the media were also consistent.

    There has not been a single mention of Peter’s role in the Glenn affair. Even this week he was again attempting to fudge his nefarious roles and obfuscation (to use the kindest description) before Parliament, and there has been total neglect of numerous Labour Ministerial problems.

    Then, apart from the idiot print media and their shadows (nasty re-writers!) in the electronic world, we will this weekend no doubt be subjected to pontification by that idiot “telly tubby ‘olmes”, Garner, et al. TV3 is in permanent smart ass mode, so nothing better can be expected from them. State-owned TV One is driven by unconscionable left wing producers such as Watkin.

    Time for the sale this rather sick BBC/ABC clone, is it not?

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  8. dime (8,751 comments) says:

    i kinda get the shits with “but look what they did 5 years ago”. BUT seeing as though labour havent really changed anyone they do open themselves up for this sort of shit.

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  9. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,668 comments) says:

    Yes Dime, it really is the same old gang with a couple of new faces to provide a false facade of respectability.

    For a stomach churning bout of nausea, have a look at pictures of Field, Benson-Pope, Peters and Hughes – all of whom transgressed by a power of ten times worse than any of National’s fallen few. The calumny of their offending was exceeded only by their party’s tawdry tolerance of them and their dirty little antics – week after week, month after month..

    Power at any cost was the mantra.

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  10. alwyn (359 comments) says:

    I’m not sure it is really fair to blame Winston for his prevarications. I don’t think he can remember anything that happened the previous day, much less what he had been up to a few months ago.
    Look at his performance in the house yesterday with his demands that the PM answer his questions, and that an answer by English that Key had answered the question on Wednesday was not, at least in WPs fevered little mind, true.
    A simple look at the question time transcript for Wednesday showed the Key had answered the question that Winnie was getting so excited about but the poor old git couldn’t remember back that far in time.
    I suppose that it will happen to us all so we shouldn’t blame him to much. It’s a pity it wastes so much time and money humouring the old man though.

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  11. Manolo (12,622 comments) says:

    Both Labour and the venal Peters are entities corrupt to the core. It’s only natural for the socialists to defend the pensioner.

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  12. David Garrett (5,120 comments) says:

    flipper: How the hell can you compare the forum for reality TV that TVNZ has become to the BBC or ABC?? Now that I am no longer an Actoid I can say I am very much FOR a proper public service broadcaster …TVNZ is certainly not that, or within a bulls roar of the two you refer to..

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  13. unaha-closp (1,033 comments) says:

    Winson Peters, Phillip Field and Nick Smith – yet somehow NZ still ranks best with the Corruption Rankings Index. Must be a lack of perception somewhere.

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  14. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    Adolf, not to be a grammar nazi, but “calumny” means a defamatory accusation…

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  15. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    What’s wrong with the Nats, little pussies. If I was Shonkey I would have told these lefty grippers where to get off, diseased wonders. Sure demote Smith but why does the Nat leadership bow to these tossers with such haste . If they actually grew a set instead to appearing to be grovelling wimps their poll ratings might lift. When are the Nats going to stop trying to please everyone.

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  16. Leaping Jimmy (15,530 comments) says:

    What’s wrong with the Nats, little pussies.

    You’ve just answered the question, c4m or is it ssb? Anyhoo, your point is absolutely correct.

    See the big problem Liarbore have got and their main weakness, is the utterly appalling ethical mess that Hulun has left all over the place in all sorts of areas, this area being but one of them.

    But for some reason the idiot Nats fail to exploit this weakness by pointing to the hypocrisy loud and long like Liarbore would if positions were reversed. For some reason, the Nats are quiet as church mice on stuff like this.

    WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THEM? ARE THEY FUCKING MENTAL?

    Apparently, given the massive size and massive extent of the hypocrisy that merely awaits their exploitation, they are completely totally round the twist. Absolutely appalling.

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  17. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    @unaha-closp

    Actually I suspect that the reason NZ is rated so well on the corruption index will be because of the various convictions, firings and resignations not in spite of them.

    In many countries the kind of dodgy financial dealings that Donna Awatere Huata got up to or the favours and back handers that Phillip Taito Field was caught out with would be pretty much considered a perk of the job. In New Zealand both of these people were fired, faced criminal charges and sent to prison that is a great outcome and speaks well of the NZ system.

    Our very own David Garrett on Kiwiblog today resigned from parliament over media coverage of an incident more than 25 years in his past that he had fully disclosed to his party leader from the outset. I don’t think his resignation was necessarily a reflection on his ability to perform his job as an MP but I think it’s a reflection on the exceptionally high standard that new Zealand holds it’s politicians to.

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  18. Paulus (2,295 comments) says:

    Since when have the Mainstream Media been consistant. They do what suits them as they are above the law – see Drinnan in Herald this morning. His article is a disgrace, but that’s not unexpected.
    The media have their own form of effectively corruption, by incompetant disclosure or non disclosure.

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  19. flipper (3,269 comments) says:

    David G…,,.

    Yes they (TVNZ) do attempt a “reality show”. But like all such efforts, they are crap.
    Both are so far left that they are more 190 than 270.

    And also, for example, check “Biased BBC”, at blogspot. I beliueve there is niow an Aussie version. On a scale of 1 to 10(the worst):
    BBC 9.5
    ABC 8
    TVNZ 7.999

    As for the prissy little things than inhabit red radio….

    One saving grace: In NZ we no longer pay LICENCE FEES to support overt left wing crap. Pity the poor Poms.

    Have fun, David

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  20. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    Leaping. yes SSB, lost password, new email address, no old password.

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  21. Leaping Jimmy (15,530 comments) says:

    thanks ssb, me ex-reid btw – just felt like a change

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  22. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    @Flipper
    ” In NZ we no longer pay LICENCE FEES to support overt left wing crap. Pity the poor Poms.”

    If you don’t like to pay for public broadcasting then I fail to see how not having a system of licence fees is a good thing. Public broadcasting still exists and you still pay for it via general taxation. The only differences are:
    - There is less transparency over how much you pay. One of the reasons the BBC is so successful compared to other public broadcasters around the world is political pressure from licence payers makes it much more accountable.
    - As licence fees are effectively a regressive flat tax and our tax system is progressive in New Zealand the wealthy and corporations pay a disproportionate share of the costs of ‘left wing crap’.
    - As a consumer, if you don’t want to support public broadcasting you can always opt out of the licence system and get your news and entertainment elsewhere like online. Good luck with trying to ‘opt out’ of general taxation, they send you to prison for that.

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  23. Alan Wilkinson (1,798 comments) says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with writing the first letter. It just should have been as a private citizen, not on Ministerial letterhead.

    Signing off the second letter was a disaster. No way back from that conflict of interest. What on earth was he thinking?

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  24. Bob (442 comments) says:

    I notice Labour are jumping on Nick Smith like dogs on a carcass. I remember during Labour and the Darren Hughes affair John Key did the decent thing by declining to comment saying it was for Labour to sort out. Labour don’t have those principles.

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  25. Muzza M (286 comments) says:

    Clark and Cullen should be in prison for the things they did and allowed to be done, while in charge. Instead they were rewarded with cushy jobs and actually supported by the current PM.

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  26. Muzza M (286 comments) says:

    In the Philippines the former Presdident has just been arrested for alleged corruption she was involved in while President.

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