Cunliffe warned by Police

December 21st, 2013 at 10:01 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Labour leader has been warned by police over a message he posted on Twitter on November 30, the day of the Christchurch East by-election.

Cunliffe’s tweet urged residents to vote for Labour candidate Poto Williams, breaching electoral laws which ban any campaigning on election day.

“If you are resident in Christchurch East don’t forget to vote today – for Labour and Poto Williams!” Cunliffe wrote.

The Electoral Commission referred the tweet to police, with Cunliffe revealing today he had been warned.

“It was an inadvertent mistake which I regret. I took steps to rectify the error by immediately deleting the tweet and Labour also notified the returning officer as soon as possible,” he said.

“I have taken the warning on board and will not repeat the error.”

Still incredible that a party leader could think it is okay to tweet “Vote for Labour” on an election day.

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34 Responses to “Cunliffe warned by Police”

  1. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    Why am I not surprised at example 4598 of the Socialists sense of entitlement. Laws only apply to other people never to them.

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  2. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    ‘Warned’
    That’ll learn him!

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  3. slernz (22 comments) says:

    Not good enough. What is going on in this country… there seems to be one law for politicians and police and another for the rest of us. First, we have a corrupt Christchuch cop getting a slap on the wrist nine months’ home detention sentence and now a party leader being let of with a warning. Joke! MPs make the laws and police are supposed to uphold when they break laws they should be made an example of not let off.

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  4. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Why not just flag all the no soliciting rubbish. It was all put in place years before social media .

    Anyone really think that labour picking “wrinklies” up from the rest home in a labour party van and taking them to a polling booth is a non- partisan act.

    Cunliffes a dick. everyone knows this so why give him the publicity. A Court appearance would do nothing other than elicit sympathy for him.

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  5. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    slernz

    what penalty would the Court impose do you think?

    What is the penalty for what Cunliffe did,? anyone know. I’d imagine it would be less than a decent speeding fine

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  6. Keeping Stock (9,788 comments) says:

    @ Pauleastbay – the maximum fine for Cunliffe’s offence is a $20,000 fine. So his “donation” to charity is a mere 5% of the penalty that the Court could impose on him.

    But seriously; it’s time for Judith Collins to give the Electoral Commission the power to prosecute alleged breaches of the Electoral Act, given that the Police continues to have no interest in holding anyone accountable for breaches of electoral law.

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/a-warning-for-mr-cunliffe.html

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  7. wat dabney (3,458 comments) says:

    Since it’s politicians – people such as KiwiCunt himself – who impose these endless laws on the rest of us they should automatically be subject to the maximum penalty when they break any of them.

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  8. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    KS

    No one ever gets a maximum sentence so that is not a moot point.

    Two parts of a criminal prosecution , mens rea – guilty mind and actus reus – guilty act. Cunliffe sent the tweet no drama, proving he did it deliberately virtually impossible ergo the warning.

    I loathe politicians but pursuing this would really be a waste of resources ,it would tie up a D/ Senior at least for a crap wee file that would not get to Court at any stage. Overhaul the electoral act

    Cunliffe has 6682 followers on Twitter, bugger all of them will live in ChCh East anyway. The chance that 600 were on twitter when the tweet was sent and saw it before it was taken down ,-equal to my chances of winning Powerball tonight

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  9. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Stupid mistake from Cunliffe but at least he owned up and accepted responsibility, and has made a donation that would likely be significantly more than any penalty if he was convicted. No point in taking this further.

    A certain mayor could learn from this on how to deal with fucking up, except that it’s far too late now for him, his hole has been dug too deep.

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  10. Michael (880 comments) says:

    Imagine the baying if the Prime Minister broke the law and was only warned by the police. Bet you Labour would be wanting the Commissioner fired and would leak false information… and then the new Commissioner would turn a blind eye to art forgery, speeding motorcades, illegal campaign financing…

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  11. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    Defenders of the Faith Graham Macready and Penny (watchdog) do your duty hold this corrupt poolitician to account.

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  12. Rowan (1,729 comments) says:

    Cunliffe is an arrogant dickhead, he deserves what he gets from Graham McCready

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  13. MH (558 comments) says:

    Does anyone still have an old bus ticket left ? I hope every Police officer that passes him by gives him a right good bollacking. I bet the clerk typing up the warning put some real venom into it. Probably had to tone it down a bit.

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  14. thor42 (773 comments) says:

    Someone who makes such a basic so-called “error” is not fit to run a government.

    If Cunliffe stuffs up on something this basic, goodness only knows what he would do when faced with *real* problems.

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  15. secondcumming (77 comments) says:

    Okay, okay, the rules are the rules… but hardly in the same league as some greasy old tosser in a cheap suit, engaging in illicit sex with a young staff member on the table in the Ngati Whatua room. Where’s the Vice Squad when you really need ‘em?

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  16. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    Longknives (3,546 comments) says:

    December 21st, 2013 at 10:06 am

    “‘Warned’
    That’ll learn him!”

    Not that long ago a cop phoned me and said he wanted to come to my place to talk to me about my shot cat. (Someone tried to murder it to piss me off).

    I said ok and the cop duly arrived but when I went out to speak to him the first thing he said was he wasn’t here to talk about my cat but…I cut him off and said he’d lied to me about his reason to talk to me so I told him to get the hell off my property.
    That fool cop refused to leave saying, “I’m entitled to be here.” I told him he was an idiot and a trespasser. There was no arguing with him so me being a peaceable sort of bloke shook my head and walked back to my house. I could have used reasonable force to eject the deceitful prick but I guessed he was wanting some sort of violent confrontation so he could call up some goons to rough me up.

    As I walked away he shouted a warning about me allegedly threatening to cut my neighbours throat but warnings are like non-molestation orders ineffectual and ignorable.

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  17. alwyn (359 comments) says:

    I wonder if Cunliffe’s promised donation to charity will be in the same category as Winston Peter’s supposed distribution of the $158,000 unlawfully spent by his party?
    Is this going to be a Clayton’s donation? The one you talk about when you aren’t giving one?
    I wonder whether he will have the cheek to claim a tax deduction?

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  18. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    He should be warned by the Darwinian police for looking far too much like a Turtle! :)

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  19. Nostradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    Pete George:

    A certain mayor could learn from this on how to deal with fucking up, except that it’s far too late now for him, his hole has been dug too deep.

    The image of the mayor “digging holes” in the Ngati Whatua room and elsewhere is, I think, a bit too much Pete!

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  20. Nostradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    Johnboy:

    He should be warned by the Darwinian police for looking far too much like a Turtle!

    But, Johnboy, then he might conceivably be declared a protected species at risk of extinction under UN Resolution 2058, which would mean we’d be stuck with him the next century or so. How is that a good outcome?

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  21. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    A quick slurp of Turtle soup with a soupcon of salt and pepper before the UN or November 2014 get close should solve the problem Nostradamus! :)

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  22. wreck1080 (3,522 comments) says:

    Well, cops didn’t do anything about roastbusters so hardly a stretch that they don’t care about a tweet.

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  23. Nostradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    Can we now call Cunliffe “Tweetie Bird” – or is that too much like a term of endearment?

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  24. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    I prefer “Cunlips” …..it suits him to a minus T. :)

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  25. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    “Well, cops didn’t do anything about roastbusters so hardly a stretch that they don’t care about a tweet.”

    How is that IPCA report coming along Mrs Tolley?

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  26. rouppe (852 comments) says:

    And now we have the senior police officers who were in charge in Christchurch when ex-constable Gordon Meyer worked there are going to sue Police Commissioner Peter Marshall for defamation.

    Police certainly don’t take an even hand in dealing with beaches of legislation these days.

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  27. Warren Murray (238 comments) says:

    Yep, it was dumb, he should have known better, etc. But lets be honest, labour were never going to lose, and the illegal tweets didnt really make the difference between Labour winning or losing.

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  28. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    Have the cops found the object that killed Rutger Hale yet? Did they find sawdust in his wound or car? Come on coppers use your brains!

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  29. Nostradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    jackinabox:

    Goodness – so much anger and bitterness.

    Are you, as they say, known to the police? :)

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  30. Sponge (108 comments) says:

    Are you, as they say, known to the police? :)

    I am pleased he is not my neighbour. Sounds like a nasty sort of person from that post.

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  31. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    “I am pleased he is not my neighbour. Sounds like a nasty sort of person from that post.”

    He’s a card carrying psychopath with police permission to goad me into violent retaliation. Dumb cunts the lot of them. It’s as though they are devoid of a sense of self preservation.

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  32. Viking2 (10,716 comments) says:

    They ain’t called plods for nothing.
    Note.; they now employ ESR to do all the research work. Brighter people.

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  33. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    This whole thing was a beat up from the outset. I mean to get a ‘tweet’ from Cunliffe you must be subscribed to his Twitter feed; the only people who would subscribe to his Twitter feed are his hardcore supporters, political/media junkies and right-wing lunatics looking for scraps to crucify him with. I doubt the police could find anyone who was so corruptly influenced by Cunliffe’s ‘tweet’ that they were influenced to vote for Poto Williams in the by-election.

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  34. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    “They ain’t called plods for nothing.
    Note.; they now employ ESR to do all the research work. Brighter people.”

    ESR “Brighter people” bollocks! They might know a bit more than the average punter in certain fields but that doesn’t make them “Brighter”. From what I’ve seen of them, the ESR is nothing but another blunt arm of the state clobbering machine. Ask Arthur Thomas what he thinks of the ESR/DSIR.

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