Written By: lprent - Date published: 10:30 am, May 1st, 2014 - 198 comments
Categories: accountability, corruption, john key, Judith Collins, national, Politics, same old national - Tags: Donghua Liu, entitlement, maurice williamson
It never seems to end does it?
The Jared Savage at the NZ Herald is reporting:-
A National Party Minister contacted a top ranking police officer after a wealthy businessman with close ties to him was arrested on domestic violence charges.
The Prime Minister’s office is understood to be considering Maurice Williamson’s future as a Minister, following Herald inquiries into the phone call that he made.
His office is understood to have also questioned Mr Williamson over his involvement with Donghua Liu’s criminal case.
Prime Minister John Key will make a statement later this morning.
I remember this guy was a contributor to National after he gained citizenship. That in itself isn’t much, but really is a hell of a bad look when it was done against official advice, and when the note from/to/for the minister was very crony like.
However, one of Mr Liu’s business partners approached Mr Williamson and John Banks — the Mayor of Auckland at the time — and they wrote to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Nathan Guy, asking him to grant citizenship against the official advice.“Invested in NZ and a lot of support”, was a file note for the case released under the Official Information Act.
Down in Newmarket there is a site that this guy was lobbying the National party to get the immigration rules changed before he would continue to build his hotel in Newmarket.
A Weekend Herald investigation has discovered the $70 million project at the former Carlton Bowling Club site stalled after Liu unsuccessfully lobbied the Government to relax business immigration rules for wealthy foreigners.
Liu – who was granted New Zealand citizenship against official advice after support from Williamson – hired professional consultants to lobby the Government to lower the $10 million threshold that non-English speaking migrants need to invest to qualify as business migrants.
The information is contained in a glossy brochure handed to guests at the Boulevard opening, which included 2011 Epsom electorate candidates John Banks, Paul Goldsmith and David Parker.
The document said the second and third stages of the development would go ahead following “improvements to New Zealand’s business migrant rules”.
“The Alpers Ave Redevelopment Group and its industry partners are working with the Government on finding a solution that will promote New Zealand’s development and align its policies with countries like Australia, Canada and the United States.”
Liu also told Chinese media at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that his plans for the $70 million redevelopment of the former Carlton Bowling Club site was unlikely to go beyond the design stage unless the Government cut the $10 million threshold.
Yeah right. Just about everything about this guy screams that ministers (and David Parker) should stay well well away from him.
But after all there appears to be some kind of a culture of aristocratic entitlement in National’s cabinet. Like corrupt warlords with their boot firmly on the necks of us peasants, they appear to consider themselves to be our masters and to be able to do whatever they want. Consider the history of the last 5 years of the National cabinet as the The Irascible Curmudgeon has done here
The disaster ridden government of John, PinoKeyo, Key is reeling as another Cabinet Minister is enveloped in scandal.
Ever since Key became PM his cabinet has been known for scandal and questionable behaviour. From Key’s dealings with Sky-City and Warner Bros to Richard Worth’s forced resignation and Pansy Wong’s disappearance from Botany to Phillip Heatley’s credit card slips and John Banks’ donation slip ups through to Judith Collins and her Oravida connections with the associated large donations to the Key led National Party the Key administration has always looked to be one that was prone to act without due regard for the requirements of the Cabinet Manual and what the behaviour expected by the voting public.
The scandal and fall out from Maurice Williamson‘s involvement with Chinese businessman and National Party donor, Donghua Liu is yet another example of Key’s bad judgement and ability to manage his party let alone the country.
The scrutiny that should follow from this major scandal should provide the voting public with even more evidence that the present government must fold its tent and depart in the ignominy it deserves.
But hey, John Key leads by example. He appears to routinely lie – read BLip’s “An Honest Man” from last year – still one of our most read posts.