One of the annoying aspects of David Shearer and Phil Goff’s self serving and self centered endorsement of the flawed TPPA agreement is that has knocked a genuine scandal off the front pages.
Instead of supplying ammunition to the Labour Party haters on the dry right and the infantile left, those two MP’s could have been using their talents to skewer National over yet another shabby chapter in the Saudi Arabia Sheepgate bribe controversy.
In case you’ve missed it, our Government has confirmed it will be buying their mates in Saudi Arabia an abattoir with our money.
The irony of NZ supplying a pop up killing floor to one of the most murderous and repressive dictatorships in the world seems to have sailed completely over the head of Minister Murray McCully. And, while liberal Muslim leaders and others are horrified, John Key remarkably managed to remain both not bothered and at the same time “deeply concerned”.
Not only has McGullyble gifted the $2.5 million dollar abattoir when good taste alone should have stopped him, the fool doesn’t even know to whom he’s bunged the bribe.
Initially, he claimed our taxpayer dollars were going to Saudi businessman Hamood Al-Ali Al-Khalaf. Bad enough in itself, obviously. But the reality is different, as Labour’s David Parker explains. In short, because Saudi Arabia is a self perpetuating oligarchy, the abattoir will actually be gifted to the Saud family, who will merely lease it to Al-Khalaf.
So, on top of sending 900 soon to be dead sheep, and $4 million in bribes, we are now kowtowing to these thugs with a state of the art killing facility. Does the cynicism and depravity of the National Government know no bounds? Is there no moral line they will not cross to get a trade deal? Will they ever learn how to negotiate other than on bended knee?
Final word to boonman, who does a fine line in cutting satire.