Another dodgy decision?

February 12th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Anne Gibson at NZ Herald reports:

A Chinese migrant convicted over an Auckland kidnapping and $1 million ransom plot was allowed to work here after support from a former Associate Immigration Minister.

Wonder which one?

She presented a letter written by Labour MP in 2007 granting a special direction to enable her to have a one-year open work permit, despite her conviction.

I would have though kidnapping was a serious enough crime that the appropriate response would be deportation, not a work permit!

Mr Jones said he did not know Ms Shi nor did he remember writing the letter when he was Associate Immigration Minister.

Shane really needs to start keeping better file notes.

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10 Responses to “Another dodgy decision?”

  1. jims_whare (398 comments) says:

    Jones’ explanation is quite possible.

    While one hand was signing the authorisation his other hand may have distracting him.

    Though seriously has anyone done any medical studies on Politicians and memory loss – they seem to suffer from it at a higher proportion to other folk.

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  2. Komata (1,108 comments) says:

    Sadly, the first thought that came to mind was ‘How much did she (or her associates) pay him (Jones)?’

    And no, Mr. Jones is not a ‘corrupt’ politician – just very, very (conveniently) forgetful…

    Tui anyone?

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  3. kowtow (7,586 comments) says:

    Helen Clark used to get very angry when the “c” word ,corruption ,was ever mentioned.

    The lady doth protest too much,methinks.

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  4. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    Hmm. I thought it caused blindness, not memory loss…

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  5. David Garrett (6,333 comments) says:

    What was that line by Lady Bracknell? One more of these ‘smelly’ Chinese work/residence permits would surely indicate something more than carelessness on Mr Jones’ part….

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  6. mikemikemikemike (304 comments) says:

    Ummm its a little rich to be noting memory loss given recent Dotcom (and other) events isn’t it? – Check his receipts, I’d be quicker to blame fatigue if he has been staying in a hotel somewhere.

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  7. sbk (308 comments) says:

    memory loss…it must have something to do with the working conditions… a couple of years in that un-healthy environment would make a man with eidetic memory lose it..as evidenced by the countless times a politician utters ‘I dont remember’ when questioned.

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  8. doggone7 (679 comments) says:

    JOhn Banks, JOhn Key, Shane JOnes. It’s not amnesia, let’s call it the JO phenomenon.

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  9. kowtow (7,586 comments) says:

    JO?

    Jerk Off for hand shandy Jones. The other two?

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  10. RF (1,263 comments) says:

    I am amused that in general the media have let this one slip through their fingers. If it was a National MP there would be calls for a public flogging followed by a bath in boiling oil.

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