Unbelievable. Key has been very busy defending sacked Minister Pansy Wong. He has been desperately ignoring the calls for an Auditor General’s investigation as the cracks in the whitewash report on her illegal spending continue to grow. But Key is very quick to call for the Auditor General to investigate a single solitary billboard. Because it happens to be a billboard used by a prominent political opponent:
Prime Minister John Key says he supports a proposed inquiry into a donation by a Manukau trust to Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s election campaign.
Mr Key yesterday said he supported the view of Local Government Minister Rodney Hide “that it may be appropriate for the Auditor-General to look at the nature of whether the entity that actually gave [Mr Brown] a donation is capable of doing so or whether it’s within their rules to do so”.
He was referring to a donation of billboard space worth $3375 from the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust, which runs the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre.
Mr Hide, who intends writing to Auditor-General Lyn Provost today to ask her office to investigate the donation, regards the trust as a “council-controlled entity” drawing on ratepayer funding. …
Trust chief executive Richard Jeffery last night denied that the trust was a council-controlled entity.
“We are a community charitable trust,” he said. Trust chairman Sir Noel Robinson said no costs were incurred or revenue lost by providing Mr Brown’s campaign with billboard space, which his board had made a decision to provide free to any mayoral candidate who approached it.
“As a trust we support the democratic process and are more than happy for candidates to use the billboard as long as it doesn’t interfere with our business and that we incur no cost,” Sir Noel said.
“A legal opinion said we are well within our right to do so.” …
Hey Johnnie – the board was acting under legal advice and supporting the democratic process. Call for the AG to investigate if you like, but such muckraking only highlights the desperate hypocrisy of your refusal to investigate Pansy Wong, or Rodney Hide, or Richard Worth, or Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, or David Carter, or Paula Bennet, or etc etc etc.
If you’re going to attack Brown, why not do so on his use of a blind trust to cover political donations? We need to get that practice out of our political system. So why not have a go at that John? Oh – wait…