Nice try

December 22nd, 2012 at 3:55 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Two unemployed men arrested after trying to put their meals onto Prime Minister ’s bar-tab this week claim Key had offered to shout their meals and then reneged – a claim the Prime Minister’s office has rejected.

Also:

Mr Jellema said his bail conditions prohibited any alcohol, but had only had one beer and had the incident with Key not happened, it would not have been an issue. Mr Boyd said his bail conditions prevented him being drunk in a public place – but he also had only had one beer and subsequent testing had shown minimal alcohol in his system.

If he is already on bail, and has an alcohol prohibition as part of his bail terms, I think we can make some conclusions about their reliability.

It does remind me though of a National Party conference in the 1990s. One of my mates asked for my room number. I deduced he probably wanted to charge his drinks to it, so I gave him the number of the room next door to me.

Later in the night caught up with him, and he boasted how he had charged half a dozen drinks to my room. I then responded that it wasn’t in fact my room, but the one next door to me.

He was still very unconcerned at this point, and casually asked whose room it was. I replied that it was (then Finance Minister) ’s. He turned several shades of pale and rushed downstairs to the bar to try and pay for his drinks, and get the charges removed. He correctly concluded that Mr Birch would have been very unimpressed to find my friend’s signature on bar drinks charged to his room!

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12 Responses to “Nice try”

  1. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    they got arrested for that? average. its pretty funny.

    they coulda dined out on that story for years “i charged my dinner to the PM!”

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  2. hmmokrightitis (1,458 comments) says:

    Did it at a conference at the Grand in Brighton a few (20) years back. Group of us managed to chalk up nearly 300 pounds worth of piss that night. He nearly had a coronary :)

    Went back to the room and drunk called my now wife who was still in NZ, told her, and I quote “I fucking love you”.

    Works a charm lads :)

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  3. Tookinator (195 comments) says:

    Mr Jellema said his bail conditions prohibited any alcohol, but had only had one beer and had the incident with Key not happened, it would not have been an issue….”

    The law prohibits murder, but if it’s ‘only the one’ shouldn’t be a problem…

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  4. Key is our man (528 comments) says:

    I understand that David Shearer has a secret video showing John Key agreeing to pay for their meal. He will be releasing it to TV3 on New Year’s eve.

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  5. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    If he had one beer on his own admission then that would breach his bail conditions. As well as possible further charges. Good riddance to some bad rubbish. You would have to be pretty reckless to try something on against the Prime Minister. John Key is a damn nice guy who can be too easy going sometimes.

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  6. Cactus Kate (538 comments) says:

    Name and shame DPF. Anyone who would think you would pay for their drinks deserves the shame attached.

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  7. Andrew McMillan (44 comments) says:

    I think we can make some conclusions about their reliability

    Then again, it’s the off-the-cuff type of thing I can imagine Key saying. Key has a track record of having a poor memory of around “private” conversations, until the evidence emerges. I’m thinking Pike River and the Tea Cup saga in particular…

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  8. mikenmild (8,892 comments) says:

    And what he did or didn’t say about David Beckham…

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  9. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    What’s the big deal?

    Most MPs have been charging their drinks to the taxpayer for decades now, When informed of the bail situation, Key probably just assumed they weren’t who they said they were and that they were with the ACT(ors) party.

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  10. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    mikenmild

    Key was right in general terms about David Beckham – he may have had football feet but his wife has brains as well, and other attributes.

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  11. Left Right and Centre (2,397 comments) says:

    yeow…hong kong phooey… it says it was one of DPF’s *mates*. You don’t rat out a mate now, do ya?

    DPF: How very astute of you. Quick thinking.

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  12. Yoza (1,353 comments) says:

    The two guys tell their side of the story over here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1212/S00125/christmas-cheer-absent-from-pms-dps-detail-at-green-parrot.htm

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