Judith Collins is giving her husband’s products the NZ Govt seal of approval in CHINA at our expense and that’s just fine. Meanwhile Mojo Mathers goes to Masterton to speak to the NZ public and somehow that’s a flagrant waste of taxpayers’ money.
The double standard is striking and can only be explained by party allegiance.
This is exactly why I didn’t immediately join the Taxpayers Union.
I wondered whether it would actually stay true to its stated objectives, or would it just be a partisan National Party lap dog.
I guess I have my answer now. It’s a pretty disappointing one.
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RRM: You are a typical left-wing envious loser. What in hell is wrong with some help marketing a NZ product; after all, your ilk reap dividends, via benefits, State houses, children’s school breakfasts, etc. Where does this money come from?
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Bovver: She was in China on Min. of Justice business therefore at our expense.
Somehow found time to “drop in on” Hubby’s Shanghai office and make a show of drinking a glass of the product in front of the assembled congregation, signifying… nothing at all! Yeah right.
When I’m travelling on business, I’m getting paid, so I’m working. The whole time. I’m not making social calls. I’m especially not making social calls that further my personal projects. So where is the Taxpayer Union on this?
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I have heard some pathetic left-wing rhetoric, but Hughes’ protector King, this morning gained top honours in these stakes on NewstalkZB. Would by any chance she be related to Lecher Len? . . . she has similar traits, in more ways than one.
Judith allegedly ‘may have’ breached the Cabinet Manual – the accusers are not sure and TVNZ did not want to spoil a good story by getting a comment from a constitutional expert (not the Palmer clan!).
Now as far as I can see the Cabinet Manual deals with the Prime Minister’s and Cabinet’s expectations of ministers and also prescribes the procedures and processes that should normally be followed when dealing with Cabinet (eg form of submission and associated reports when seeking Cabinet approval for something). Cabinet is free to ignore, amend or even re-write the Cabinet Manual as it chooses. If a minister allegedly breaches the Manual, this would be a matter for the Prime Minister to sort out, he or she may think there is no issue and just carry on. Neither the Privileges Committee nor the courts are responsible for enforcing the Manual in this regard.
Judith’s incident is just one storm in a milk glass was public (at least in China) and any personal benefit would be trivial. The Cabinet Manual clause is designed to cover significant cases of corruption done in secret, not trivia.
There is one exception to the above – the Cabinet Manual outlines the role and limitations of caretaker governments and a caretaker administration needs to abide by this.
Anyone got any other views on the role and status of the Cabinet Manual?
igm. 8.23am. The old tusker King was gabbling again on Mike Hoskings show this morning. Please god let her stay as she is one of Nationals secret weapons. Her theme was that everyone was picking on poor wee David and then threw in Goof & Shearer receiving the same treatment. Cry me a river.
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As I said a few mins ago on another KB thread…( RRM take note)…..
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March 5th, 2014 at 8:02 am
I am no fan of the Auckland tax lawyer, but on this issue she has been done wrong by the left wing trolls and left wing MSmedia seeking to “balance” their news shows..
If she did not endorse the products sold by Oravida while in China – or any other New Zealand company – I would have added that to my list of criticisms.
The issue is total bullshit, and the fact that Oravida donated to National is irrelevant because companies donate to most political parties. (Hell even John Todd’s dynasty gave the stupid red melons money and they are no friends of the oil industry).
If this breaches some esoteric Cabinet manual (which has no statutory or regulatory standing) rule then the manual needs amendment – before lunchtime.
The issue has served one useful purpose : It has enabled idiots like rossie69 and the psycho one to waste time and diverted them from attempting to defend the indefensible Cunners/McCarten party.
@RRM: I think you’ve forgotten a few important points:
According to all reports, one of the main objectives of the China trip was to remove any lingering smell from the Fonterra debacle. The PM made this clear on the eve of his departure. So, too, did hard left broadcaster Barry Soper. So when Collins stopped off on her way to the airport and drank a glass of milk at Oravida, she was supporting another NZ (dairy) product – an action I would ‘expect’ from any competent Minister of the Crown.
The case of Mojo Mathers, however, is totally different. She wanted to do an interview on a low rent / very low audience radio station based in Masterton and said she had to travel there so she could lip read the questions. So the trip involved air travel / use of car etc so she could be there in person. In the case of Mathers, I believe she grandstands – because I doubt the trip would have been made if she was paying for it personally.
I have a profoundly deaf mate who has said Mathers could have ‘lip read’ any questions put to her if she was interviewed via Skype. Because that’s how my mate converses with friends around NZ (and abroad). Not hard.
So, on one hand we have a Minister of the Crown stopping off on the way to the airport and endorsing a NZ dairy product (at the end of a high level, Ministerial) trip that was aimed at putting out any residual ‘Fonterra’ fires) and on the other hand we have a total WOFTAM by a grandstanding MP.
Can you not see the difference?
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“……When I’m travelling on business, I’m getting paid, so I’m working. The whole time. I’m not making social calls. I’m especially not making social calls that further my personal projects. So where is the Taxpayer Union on this?….”
I’m not sure that she actually went there specifically to promote the product
I agree with KiwiGreg up to a point. But her husband is an independent director who is, presumably, receiving directors fees like the other directors which ordinarily would be fixed and not linked to performance (as in the case of, say management). They have no pecuniary interest in the company. The options would have been to refuse any Ministerial visit (not just Collins – all Ministers including the PM given the Ministerial connection) which would have the effect of penalising the company relative to other exporters merely by virtue of Collins’ husband being a director. Alternatively, her husband needed to resign as a director. I think this is very close to the line but as KiwiGreg says, she didn’t authorise that statement and has asked that it be removed. It isn’t, for example, anything like interfering in Health Board contracts when you are a Minister and your husband is a director and shareholder in a contracting party who stands to benefit.
But with the benefit of hindsight from this and the Fonterra shambles, it illustrates that they need to think more carefully about the ground rules for Government representatives doing this sort of thing generally. For example, what happens when a Government representative is perceived to be promoting the product and it turns out to be unsafe? Government gets egg on face as well as the exporter.
Good to see that the Roman Catholic, who lost a High Court case last year on the subject, is till trying to interfere with the Anglican Churches decision on the Christchurch Cathedral rebuild, by introducing an overseas person, of possible suspect history to pay to rebuild.
Bloody Jim Anderton – mind your own business – keep your mate out of it, she should be concentrating on the Mayoralty.
For me it’s not so much the waste of money by Mathers but the hypocrisy. The Greens bang on about technology being used to avoid burning fossil fuels and yet she eschews that to travel all that way. And offsetting does not avoid the fact that if she used Skype the travel was not necessary.
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So: if Kim Dotcom helped to write Labour’s ICT policy, is he or someone acting on his behalf one of the anonymous donors to David Cunliffe’s leadership war chest? And is that why David Cunliffe appointed himself to the ICT spokesmanship, then sent Clare Curran to Coatesville?
And will we get any answers out of Greg Presland? Such fun
Murray McCully has emphatically stated that he has not had any intention of giving up his East Coast Bays electorate to Colin Craig. So where did that story come from? Just Craig trying to talk himself into it?
The Cunlist, drawn from ever-multiplying sources
• Sinking ship promises removal of sunken ship – We will make the Rena’s owner pay through any means possible
• 50,000 kids living in poverty today will get $60 a week if they are born after April 1, 2016
• Cunliffe’s leader-election trust fund is so transparent you can Banks on it.
• Oops – need to give the money back to two of them – wealthy business persons too embarrassed to be linked to me.
• You can’t have a Royal Visit too close to the Election, so the 2014 Election will now be in 2015.
• Our man-ban for a 50-50 balance of Labour members would only be illegal if we advertise it … like in a … er, um … Election.
• 36 wells were drilled in the EEZ between 1999 and 2008 with no legislation in place to protect the environment, but “Shit, we were really thinking about it”, and if only we had time …
• And Len Brown isn’t really a Labour man, he’s just Left – well, no he’s not even left, because he says he not going anywhere.
• Selwyn Pellett (owner of “independent” Scoop News) … so that’s a sccop … for someone else.
• Could consider defying deportation law … Well, Winston went and groveled to Kim Dotcom, so why not us?
• “Common man” – lives in NZ’s most expensive street in a $2.5m mansion, then claims it is a do-up.
• Along with Greens, sabotaged electricity share market [nationalization?] to give the Government only a partial return on partial sales.
• On communications: communicate you policy to the enemy – ICT spokeswoman Clare Curran’s staff accidentally emailed the documents to Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams. [It included proposals such as a fixed monthly allocation of broadband for every citizen, something babies can spend their $60 a week on – is this written by Kim Dotcom? – a Digital Bill of Rights, and a levy on telecommunications companies or internet service providers to fund New Zealand digital content.]
• What’s my view on the Christchurch Cathedral? I don’t know. Jim is not talking to us after we hired Matt.
Kī tōnu taku waka topaki i te tuna
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mjw/RRM – ” I would have liked to support the taxpayer union”
I find that hard to believe. All I can see is an attempt to bash the Taxpayers Union because you disagree with the concept of an independent organisation pointing out wasteful spending.
Re The poor, deaf girl. The great NZ Herald are on mjw and RRMs side as well, and when they heard about the Masterton trip, they eagerly rang the TU to get a sound bite “Heh we can get Jordan to say he doesn’t think travelling to Masterton from the south island for a half hour radio show is a good use of taxpayers money, and then we can show how heartless he is. We’ll get those neolibs”.
OK, we get the message. Deaf people are special and cannot be criticised.
There could be more to the Mojo goes to Masterton – particularly who initiated the story. Masterton apparently has a Labour friendly editor, and three Labour MPs visited Masterton last Saturday (the story was published on Sunday. Robertsom, Hipkins, Mallard.
“When I’m travelling on business, I’m getting paid, so I’m working. The whole time. I’m not making social calls. I’m especially not making social calls that further my personal projects. So where is the Taxpayer Union on this?”
Really? your job must suck RRM.
When Dime travels, quite often he is out drinking a ton of piss in the evenings.
“So where is the Taxpayer Union on this?”
so you want them to point out the cost of visiting a factory while in shanghai?
JUDITH COLLINS WASTES TAX PAYER MONEY
While in Shanghai, Collins had her driver take her to a factory.
The driver and vehicle were costing $500 a day. We calculate the cost of the trip to the office was 30 bucks.
Climate Change crock of the week : the effect of climate change on Ski businesses with severe weather extremes. This is understood to be caused by a warming North Pole affecting the Jet stream , bringing instability and unpredictable severe weather patterns such as this ski resort.
Note many Ski resorts in North America having to invests thousands in Snow making machines.
The effects therefore at the Niagra falls comes as no surprise
Andrei, since you appear to be pro Putin what do you think Pres Obama should exactly do.?
The Russians recently fired an ICBM into central Asia.
Do you think behind Ukrainiann aspirations and resentments etc is the bitter memory and history of the Holodomor.?
Was DPF suggesting that if only Reagan was president the Russians would not dare go into the Crimea ?
When the Russians shot down a South Korean airliner Reagan did what ?
As for people who believe airstrikes by the yanks would work, are you completely mad, any airfield that the yank f-22s took off from would get a large dose of cruise missiles.
Unlike the normal countries the yanks attack the Russians can hit back.
Andre , your absolutely and totally wrong about the man made famine in the Ukraine 1932-33. Modern Historian Robert Conquest has written extensively about the subject and leaves no doubt that it was artificial and part of Stalin’s, not only collectivization policy ,but Moscow’s determination to ruthlessly any nationalistic or ethnic aspirations within the Soviet Union.
Repeat ,the Famine of of 132-3 was a deliberate act of Stalin and state policy to enforce collectivization and crush Ukrainian Natioanl aspirations Millions upon millions were starved to death
Note also the fate meted out to the Crimean Tatars a about t the same time. Half a million were forcibly removed from the Crimea by Stalin. Interestingly the Ukrainian Govt has allowed them to return to the Crimea ,their traditional homeland.
“The Russian military says it has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, as tension continues over Ukraine’s Crimea region.”
You know what happened the last time someone said there are people to the south of my capital who are also Korean and then fired off a missile. Maybe Dennis Rodman can visit the Kremlin and then be a go between Putin and the tall Ukrainian, before someone’s uncle dies.
More considered comments can be made, but this seems an appropriate first reaction, to the look we are prepared to demonstrate that we and our concerns must taken seriously.
In a letter to Mr Key, Craig’s lawyers alleged the statement “harms his reputation in that it says that he is weak and thin skinned and implies that he believes Elvis is alive and that the moon landing was faked.”
In a later move Craig said announced that the claim would be split into two parts as a strategic move. ”The cynic might say I’m just wanting to cherry-pick. There is an element of that in the strategy of it all. But his comments were absolutely wrong and they’re no less wrong because we’re putting a quarter of the case on hold.”
Mr Craig said including Mr Key’s comment about Elvis being alive in the claim would be costly and time-consuming because National would seek the thousands of emails and documents Mr Craig held in relation to the issue.
No Elvises were harmed in the writing of that post.
Ms Mathers’ $550 journey to the Wairarapa is a spit in the bucket. There are bigger rat-holes out there, much more worthy of the yapping from self-appointed watchdogs who claim to be politically independent in promoting the interests of taxpayers.
Note also the fate meted out to the Crimean Tatars a about t the same time. Half a million were forcibly removed from the Crimea by Stalin.
Wrong again, they were moved during WW2 because they collaborated or appeared to have collaborated with the Germans.
As you may know, probably don’t there was a major battle for Crimea during the second world war which lasted many months and cost a great many lives, particularly among Russians who according to historical revisionists on 21st century blogs didn’t live there yet, despite having been there for more than 200 years
Same thing happened to the Ingush, Chechens and other Caucasians as well as in Kalmykia even though the Wehrmacht never got that far.
Of course Stalin was a Georgian, well his mother was Ossetian and his protege Khrushchev was an Ukrainian – this period of history is sometimes known as Stalin’s Terror and nobody was immune from it
Another thing that happened during those years was the demolishing of Russian Orthodox Churches, including of course the great Church of Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow……
It looks like Putin has blinked. Recent statements from the Kremlin and the head of the Russian navy in Crimea suggest they are backing off from any military invasion. Putin’s not much of a strongman if Obama can face him down.
The petty crim and lifelong bludger Ure is creating havoc at The sub-Standard.
Some snippets about him follow:
Phillis, you didn’t Stop, you simply Swapped, addictions that is, based upon the availability of supply and your personal finances you are in fact as much a filthy Junky as you were when you were pinging the shit up your arm via a needle.
i didn’t know that they give out arts degrees for bullshit Phillis, a degree in the arts majoring in bullshit, ha ha ha, what an Ure-head…
“te reo speakers will know the word ‘ure’ means penis/power” I’d agree with that. Phil you really are a penis.
Apparently, the “delicate” Lynn Prentice loves and tolerates him. Thank God KB got rid of the bastard!
“a new alliance – one that includes Russia, China, Germany, Japan, and possibly Australia. Geographically this is plausible; from a technology, commodity, labor, and market standpoint, this is immensely reasonable; geo-politically, one of the main desires is a check on the US position in the world” http://bionicmosquito.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/one-of-many-possible-worlds.html
Andrei , there is no evidence that the Crimean Tatars as a nation collaborated with the Nazis Yes there were some elements who collaborated but many, many more fought alongside the Red Army.
Collaboration with the Nazis was a highly contentious issue and a variety of Nationalities were implicated and accused , including Cossacks and Russians elements themselves.
There were no appeals , investigations or hearings just a broad stroke tar brush blaming and stigmatizing a whole nation..
Yes the Russians have been present in the Crimea for 200 years or so but the Tatars go much, much beyond that.
Russian Orthodox Cathedrals were abolished but isn’t i great to see most of these restored post 1991 .
This fascinating interview with the son of Nikita Krushchev , Sergie is a timely reminder how cool heads need to prevail in the Ukrainian Crises and not the boots in all approach of Fox News, the Tea Party and their fan base here ,
During the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912 Cunliffe was in charge of observing for obstacles.
‘Look, I’ll admit it was an oversight, but we have systems in place now to ensure that sort of thing won’t happen again.’
Memos also show that Cunliffe was responsible for admitting a large wooden horse inside the gates of Troy, leading to the overthrow and destruction of the city.
‘It was an inadvertent mistake to allow the (Green) Greek forces inside the city gates, and unfortunately the smouldering pile of rubble we were left with no longer fully represented the values that I would have liked the city to have.’
When asked for a comment on these matters Grant Robertson was keen to point out that he had no such mistakes to hide. ‘Finally, a lifetime of never having done anything is paying off!’
• Meanwhile, late last night Labour’s chief press secretary Simon Cunliffe confirmed that the email [Labour's Internet policy written by Kim Dotcom, the large German with a 72 page Court of East Virginia Grand Jury indictment against him] sent in error, actually came not from Curran’s office, but from that of the Labour leader.
• And there is the “little old Christchurch man with the highly accurate memory, fuck him, who would remind us of the Tweet Cunliffe made last Election Day to “Get out and vote for Labour” illegal as it was. What has changed?
Does Matt McCarten at the moment fell like Chicken Little?
The Tea Party has been at least as successful in the House, if not moreso, and is also fueling opposition to the war in the Senate, usually more sensitive to the demands of party leadership and less to the American voters.
They even managed to convince Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) away from supporting the war, warning him that he could face a dangerous primary battle in 2014 if he supports the war …
Cunliffe, in the American-style primary run-off against Shane Jones and the other guy, sets up a trust fund for donations, swearing under Labour rules to keep contributor’s names anonymous [eat yer heart out John Banks], but defying Standing Orders of Parliament, now gets found out and but solves the whole problem by paying money back to the two of the five, who are apparently to so ashamed or too devious to have their names revealed.
Fuck, NO ! …
The money was spent, Cunliffe won the leadership – fucking shonkey as the American-style primary run-off was, with the three nutbars running around the nation spouting policy that was not approved by the annual Labour conference – but, it is done.
Giving the money back, post-use, doesn’t undo the process which offends under Standing Orders. So where is the Parliamentary come back?
Does Cunliffe think we are all fucking stupid, and when will the Speaker catch up?
On NewstalkZB with Mike this morning, King was slithering around trying to blame National for the demise and sale of Railways. Labour closed workshops, Labour sold Rail, and National signed the sale off as Labour were dumped by the electorate before the sale was closed. Does she not remember the impassioned speech of Russell Marshall? “If East Town Workshops Close I Will Resign”, and like all swill snouting Labourites, he stayed at the taxpayers’ trough. This pathetic Labour trough snouter King has been there too long, being as big liar as Cunliffe.
I know I am a simple lad however I need to clarify the silent Ts reason to live in his current castle. I understood his wife is breast feeding their youngest child and has to be close to her office to allow this. Is it true that he is 10 years old. Please correct me if I am wrong.
I watched these poor CHCH bastards suffering floods in their houses on TV3 and I’ve got all the sympathy in the world for them.
I’ll tell you what though – looking at some of them – at least they’re not starving to death. Some of them look very healthy. A bit like livestock being fattened up to feed the third world with poor quality cheap cuts.
I wonder if you gave some of these people a choice of either floods or a weight loss plan of an hour a day medium cardio and 80% kilojoule energy intake of a person in their healthy weight range – I think a lot would take the flood water option.
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accepting payment for any other activities requires the prior approval of the Prime Minister.
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