Woolerton shamed by Glenn saga

October 22nd, 2008 at 2:33 pm by David Farrar

NZ First MP Doug Woolerton has revealed that he felt shamed by the Owen Glenn saga and that he thought the Privileges Committee did its job:

The Owen Glenn donation scandal, which almost capsized Winston Peters, deeply embarrassed his NZ First colleague, Hamilton MP Doug Woolerton.

List MP Mr Woolerton made the revelation during last night’s Waikato Times candidates’ debate for Hamilton East.

He was responding to a question from the floor on the subject and dropped characteristic good humour to answer openly and honestly.

“I was hugely embarrassed. That was unfortunate but the parliamentary committee did its job,” he said.

Doug will be gald NZ First has already had their list ranking!

It is good to see some signs of intelligent life in NZ First – I mean no-one (not even Helen) really could have heard all the evidence and think there was anyway Winston was telling the truth about not knowing.

Amusing censorship

September 7th, 2008 at 10:00 pm by David Farrar

I blogged previously about an audio recording of NZ First MP Doug Woolerton slagging off foreign investment.

Well a wee while back Winston blogged on the same topic at the Winston Peters blog.

Now Dave Moskowitz tried to comment on Winston’s blog, adding a link through to the interview with Doug Woolerton.

His comment was rejected! Why? He phoned up and was told they could not link to anything “with bad language in it”.

So they won’t link to an interview with one of their own MPs, because of the MP swearing during the interview!!

That is a new definition of having standards. We are fine to have our MPs swear, but not fine to allow people to link to audio recordings of them doing so!

Listen to Doug

August 12th, 2008 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Angels (they invest to assist start up companies etc) have been interviewing various parties about their investment policies. Their latest MP was Doug Woolerton. They state:

I was disappointed with Doug’s grasp of the issues – he didn’t seem to know much about how startup companies or investors think, nor about the taxation system or general finance. His answers to my questions were long on generalities and short on specifics, often seemingly hedging as if he was unsure of not only what to say, but what was being discussed. And I was completely taken aback by his use of obscene language in a podcast which would be permanently available to billions of Internet users globally. No hidden microphones here, everything was above board.

You can listen to the podcast at the link above. The language is indeed very coarse – amazingly so for an openly taped interview where it was known it would be made available on the Internet.

Hypocrisy Watch

August 12th, 2008 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

A viewer alerted me to this question from last year:

R Doug Woolerton: Does the Minister agree that any law, including electoral law, requires the participants to do what is morally right as well as what is legally right, and does she think that this is the reason the National Party is having so much trouble interpreting the Electoral Finance Bill?

Now maybe Doug Woolerton might like to explain for us how NZ First is doing what is morally right by operating a secret trust fund that donors pay into, so that not only is the identity of the donor hidden, but the identity of the trust itself is hidden from both the party and the public.

Back Benches

May 15th, 2008 at 12:53 pm by David Farrar

Went with a couple of mates to Back Benches again last night. Three of the MPs had been on before – Jacqui Dean, Hone Harawira, Sue Bradford and newcomer Doug Woolerton.

Spent quite a bit of time talking about P. Jacqui and Doug pushing a hard line approach on P and gangs. Hone made the point to some applause neither of them would know a gang if one bit them in the arse. I did think Sue Bradford misjudged things by saying that P was a distraction and people should be more concerned about peak oil and global warming. I think that shows a certain disconnect from society.

Very amusing was discussion of Mt Eden prison and Sue and Hone talking about their stays there, or as Hone put it – his bed and breakfast visit.

I did some minor heckling but nothing in comparison to a certain other blogger who really was loud when he wanted to be! I did like (if I can say so) my suggestion that the solution to P should be to set up a P emissions trading scheme for it 🙂

The funniest part of the night for me was when chatting to one of the other regulars, who can only be described as a stunningly attractive blond. I introduced her to my friend (Hunting Man), and it was only when he mentioned his job that she pointed out they had actually met a short while ago at a business meeting. Much ribbing followed of Hunting Man for managing to forget such an, umm, unforgettable person.

The show is still good fun.  A few people have mentioned though that it tries to fit too much in and the debates get cut a bit short. I think this is a valid criticism, and if I was looking to change things I would consider getting rid of the pre-recorded segment where they look in an MPs office. The novelty is starting to wear off!