Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Is this corruption or just normal behaviour.

Do you remember this little episode back in April, have a quick read to remind yourself of how bad / strange / shameful our governments connections are to those willing to use their friendship and personal contacts to benefit themselves rather than the country as a whole.
1. This pattern of behaviour has become all too common these days…
Monday, April 18, 2016
Oh dear - Murray McCully is mired in another corruption scandal:
Earl Hagaman, the founder of Scenic Hotel Group, gave $101,000 to the National Party in September 2014. In October, Scenic Hotel Group announced it had the contract for the Matavai Resort on Niue - a contract awarded by a trust which was appointed by Foreign Minister Murray McCully to oversee the resort.

Mr McCully told RNZ National that there was no link between the donation and the contract and he had not been involved in awarding the contract. That was decided by the Niue Tourism Property Trust after running an international and competitive process. Mr McCully appoints the trustees for that but said he was not involved in the decision. "I can tell you that I had no involvement in the appointment process, conducted purely by the trustees and commercial management they appointed.

No link? Yeah, right. From another Minister, it might be believable that this was all some dreadful, terrible-looking coincidence. But from Murray McCully, a determined micromanager with a history of
dodgy dealings and outright corruption, its simply not. The Auditor-General needs to investigate, and if there's even a hint that McCully had anything to do with it, the contract must be voided and prosecutions brought. We cannot allow Australian-style corruption and kickbacks to take root in our government.

As for Hagaman, he shouldn't have donated. You can do business with the government, or you can donate to political parties, but you simply cannot do both - at least not if you want to avoid any perception of corruption. By donating when an important decision was being made, Hagaman has irrevocably tainted it in the public eye. And he really has no-one to blame for that but himself.
Posted by Idiot/Savant at 4/18/2016 02:16:00 PM
2. Now No Right Turn has revealed yet more strange happenings regarding donations to the National Party…that resulted in rewards for the donors.
Well here is yet another accidental happening:
Returns of political party loans and donations are out today, and they expose another amazing coincidence in the National Party's donations. In 2015, the party received $15,800 in donations from Christine Che. By utter coincidence, Mrs Che was awarded a QSM "for services to the Chinese community" (a newsletter from the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association makes it clear that this is indeed the same person).
What an amazing coincidence! In fact, its amazing just
how often this happens! But I'm sure that, like the PM's personal lawyer lobbying and getting policy changes, we shouldn't read too much into it.
Posted by Idiot/Savant at 5/04/2016 02:54:00 PM
According to John Key, his personal lawyer Ken Whitney is "highly ethical". Yeah, right:
John Key's lawyer, Ken Whitney, was criticised by the High Court after creating a sham trust for a bankrupt property developer then failing to disclose it to authorities probing his client's insolvency.

When asked during cross-examination if he had concerns around setting up structures to allow a bankrupt to continue in business, Mr Whitney told the court: "No, not particularly. It's a common thing for people to do. It may not be morally as white as it could be but it's normal practice."

According to the article, Whitney lied repeatedly to the Official Assignee, and falsely claimed to have witnessed a signature. There don't even meet the ethical standards of lawyers, let alone ordinary kiwis. In fact, some but even call it criminal.

But clearly, Key has different definitions of "highly" and "ethical" from the rest of us.
The meltdown at TV3 has peaked with the madness that is Mark Weldon finally being forced to walk the plank. His political meddling in damaging the network demanded a resignation, and it’s happened.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
But look at how Rachel Glucina, whom he infamously hired, had to say…
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4. Now and then [but rarely investigated by the MSM] what John Key touches goes shockingly wrong and back-fires and turns to custard to such an extent that Key has to turn his back and pretend he
does not know someone:  A latest case in point is Keys relationship with ex NZSX TV3’s now dumped boss Mark Weldon and ex Herald gossip witch Rachel Glucina who was hired by Mark Weldon because of her manipulation of Key’s pony tail event when she told fibs in an attempt to twist the story to suit Key and his bunch of cronies.
Some in the media considered Weldon to be Keys specially appointed media manipulator henchman, of course I couldn’t comment on that.
Rachel Glucina continued her endless string of media fibs when she wrote, just yesterday suggesting that Mark Weldon was a ‘visionary; he’s about as visionary as John Key was when he said he ‘wouldn’t’ increase GST from 12.5% to 15%...and as soon as he was elected he did! Lies come easy when you are well practiced at telling them and keeping a straight face.
Mark Weldon at the bequest of good mate John Key dumped John Campbell and a whole bunch of TV3 staff involved in news presentation, why because they kept reporting the facts rather than simply parroting national party PR spin…Seriously folks the PM actually runs TVNZ, via Hosking and the fact that government controls the purse strings. He also controlled TV3 via Weldon, Glucina and Paul Henry…and a below market rate loan via Steven Joyce, but with Weldon gone he’ll need to find yet
Jim Mora
another dummy to act as the front man. RNZ’s Jim Mora, an obvious Key supporter and backer spends a great deal of his panel and radio time defending the PM, by forever interviewing right-wing bloggers and national party pollsters…And the nine to noon programme has yet to find a real ‘from the left’ front person for it’s; From the left and right 11am Monday interview. The government has already cut funding to Maori TV and is not keeping up with inflation in funding Radio New Zealand [National Radio]

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