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Garrett resigns from ACT

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, September 17th, 2010 - 78 comments
Categories: act, Parliament, rodney hide, scoundrels - Tags:

David Garrett has resigned from ACT and has indicated he will almost certainly resign from Parliament.

Good, He is a scumbag, a liar, and a hypocrite. He is only resigning because he was caught. Now attention must turn to Rodney Hide. He can’t now pretend to be administering justice when he harbored Garrett and kept his secrets from the public. Hide’s tattered credibility is now completely shot. If ACT has a future, Hide should follow Garrett and let someone with principles lead.

78 comments on “Garrett resigns from ACT”

  1. BLiP 1

    Principles? the ACT Party? What. Ever.

  2. Bunji 2

    Whenever Hide stands up in Parliament someone must interject:

    “Any more secrets Rodney?”

  3. comedy 3

    Can I add some more names to the rorter cum fucktard list who should fuck right off

    Rodney Hide
    Bill English
    Chris Carter
    Hone “Obama” Harawira

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.1

      You’ve missed 115 names off your list!!

    • Vicky32 3.2

      “Hone “Obama” Harawira” – er that just justifies the “fucktard” label, though I do dislike that word…
      Deb

    • bbfloyd 3.3

      got to the f’s in your sesame st dictionary C? the bronx edition…

    • RobertM 3.4

      English is the person who prevents progress and a move towards a free 24 hour society where people have sexual freedom, privacy and the lions share of resources no longer go to the over 65s, provinces and very ordinary people and ugly. Harawera is in your face, but the only maori leader of note and courage, even though I don’t agree with him, Carter was insignificant minor politician of not much importance crucified by a vicious, hypocritical media which is intolerant of homosexuals, bisexuals or anybody beyond their limited understanding.
      Hide had a small amount of courage diminished by his betrayl of David Garret, he will probably be fried not by the even more unworthy and hard line Heather Roy.

      • Vicky32 3.4.1

        RobertM,
        Sorry, I am not clear about what you’re on about! Sexual freedom coming first on your list, then an incoherent remark about “lions share of resources no longer go to the over 65s, provinces and very ordinary people and ugly” make me wonder! You have an issue about “ordimary people and ugly’ (presumably ordinary people who are not beautiful?) Given that I am both ordinary and ugly, and regard sexual freedom (whatever that means) as supremely unimportant compared to much greater issues, I presume you’d have a serious problem with me? (I might have a problem with you if I could understand what you’re saying…)
        Deb

        • RobertM 3.4.1.1

          Your interpretation is correct. You are the problem. Skin on skin sex is the basis of good health. The excessive power of ordinary and ugly people in New Zealand is why intelligent people are leaving the country in droves.

          [lprent: That is a pretty damn weird comment.. ]

          • Vicky32 3.4.1.1.1

            RobertM, you are both offensive and rude. As far as I am concerned, you are very welcome to leave the country, possibly for the USA, or even Thailand where you can find pretty, and willing people!
            I don’t know what makes you think ugly people are not intelligent, and that pretty sexy people are! (My experience has been the reverse – the sexy girls don’t have to use their intelligence and happily let it atrophy.)
            However, I suspect you have mental health issues, so there’s no point in reasoning with you, and it’s all off-topic anyway!
            Deb

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Wonder how much those PR lines of Garrett’s cost Act.

    And this is another example of list MPs staying on when they should leave. He left the party, ergo, he’s not there for the people who voted for that party any more.

  5. What I find really interesting is how Rodney explains his change in view within 48 hours. 2 days ago he was 100% backing Garrett. What changed?!

    Well we all know Rodney decided the political heat was so that he had to act. However how will HE explain his change from total support to asking for a resignation within 48 hours.

    Rodney knew about the previous assault charge as well as the dead baby identity theft. Will he try and spin it that he didn’t know Garrett didn’t tell the police about his previous conviction?

    Oh the beautiful irony of a party torn apart by its own hypocrisy – perk buster living it up on the taxpayer and ‘they must be punished’ Garrett for criminal actions and lying to the police/courts.

    Nice work Heather…not entirely sure this is what you wanted though….surely…

    • toad 5.1

      I suspect it is exactly what Heather wanted. Assuming Garrett resigns from Parliament she’ll likely have the numbers to roll Hide.

      • burt 5.1.1

        Then I might reinstate my annual donation to the party. Watching this space !

      • mickysavage 5.1.2

        Sounds more like a 2 – 2 draw Toad. Boy their next caucus meeting will be interesting …

        • Is four a Caucus? Where is Key in all this ,was not Garrett a member of cabinet. The whole thing is like an episode of Blackadder. Im expecting a Baldrick like ACT member to say “I have a cunning plan.”

        • Blighty 5.1.2.2

          the next on the list would come in and she hates hide

        • kirbya 5.1.2.3

          I’d hate to argue with the greatest prime minister in NZ history, but would this make it Roy + Douglas + new libertarian woman (I forget her name) vs Hide and Boscowen, or 3 – 2?

          • mickysavage 5.1.2.3.1

            Only if Garrett resigns from Parliament.

            There is still a chance he might hang on …

            Agreed if he goes then Heather will be leader, at least for a while like until the next election when Act is no more.

  6. He is a scumbag, a liar, and a hypocrite

    To make matters worse Hide knew he was a scumbag, a liar and a hypocrite but still chose him as an MP. What was he thinking?

  7. good point Toad – that makes sense, bye bye Rodney?

    • Puddleglum 7.1

      Heather and Roger roll Rodney – please then let Roger stand for Epsom!

      What would JK do? (Of course, it would be Heather in Epsom, but Heather had a little lamb …)

      • MikeG 7.1.1

        Key has said that he would not have Roger in his Cabinet, so if Roger stood in Epsom we may not have National sending the indirect (but obvious) message to vote for ACT in Epsom.

        • felix 7.1.1.1

          Great deal of faith you seem to have in Key keeping his word…

          • MikeG 7.1.1.1.1

            not really, and next election it will be another set of “principles” so that National can keep hold of power!

            That 4-headed monster of Nat/ACT/MP/UF is losing the head that was least expected to implode…

            • felix 7.1.1.1.1.1

              “the head that was least expected to implode”

              Yeah that occurred to me too. I bet they never thought they might, you know, actually need the maori party.

  8. roger nome 8

    awww but i was looking forward to DPF trying to spin this one. Seriously – the places that guy gets his tounge stuck can be quite amazing at times.

  9. So now this scandal has come to light how about the scum-bags in the Sensible Sentencing Mob. They must be squirming.They are so thick skinned they will just brush it off! However they have lost all credibility. If they ever had any.

    • Rex Widerstrom 9.1

      Yes, let’s hope the bewildered public, whipped to a frenzy by the exploited tears of crime victims, take a step back and look a little more carefully at who’s doing the whipping.

      Garrett was a member of Act, but he represented the SST.

      • Roger 9.1.1

        This is just another example to show the public exactly what the Sensible Sentencing Trust really is and the pathetic redneck that Garth McVicar is. He even provided the character reference for David Garret for the court case relating to the identity theft;
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10674067.

        This adds to his other acts such as:
        Supporting Bruce Emery and agreeing with the decision by the court to make family members of the deceased victim Pihema Cameron remove shirts with his image on them.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10494081

        Creating a false positive point of difference between Clayton Weatherston and other criminals with the coded redneck statement; “Even though this man has committed one of New Zealand’s most atrocious crimes, his history as a hard-core recidivist is not there.”

        And downplaying domestic violence against women by suggesting that Tony Veitch has suffered enough and an apology is enough.
        The Sensible Sentencing Trust: Rich and White, You’re alright…Poor and Brown, You’re going down.

  10. Lanthanide 10

    With Garrett leaving, it brings up the possibility of Rodney being rolled. If he lost leadership, he could potentially also go a step further and leave parliament/Act.

    What would happen to the other Act MPs if that happened, since he was the one that got them there in the first place? I’m guessing they’d still stick around, just as there was no “waka jumping” rule built into the MMP laws to begin with, I’m assuming the Act list MPs would be treated the same way.

    Does anyone know?

  11. Irascible 11

    Garrett gone from ACT, possibly from Parliament. Great.
    This certainly demonstrates the lack of acumen demonstrated by ShonKey when he got into bed with ACT to form the NACT govt in 2008. It appears that Rodney has managed to infect National with a corrupting political disease that should see this alliance as a first term one.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      It appears that Rodney has managed to infect National with a corrupting political disease that should see this alliance as a first term one.

      Nope, National have always had that corrupting political disease – they just hide it better.

  12. Tanz 12

    Benson-Pope was not made to resign. How was he any bettter? Garrett did not stuff tennis balls into student’s mouths.A media beat up, the wolf pack is howling. Key is still squeaky clean though, there is nothing on him to be found. Parliament is apparently lily white except for Act MPs…

    • felix 12.1

      Hey Tanz,

      If you really believe that Benson-Pope stuffed tennis balls into a teenager’s mouth, then you have either:

      a) never seen a tennis ball
      b) never seen a mouth

    • Lanthanide 12.2

      “Key is still squeaky clean though”
      Except for the “no surprise” clause in the agreement with Act, which should mean the agreement with Act is at least officially brought up, although not really sufficient to end it over this.

    • Vicky32 12.3

      TANZ, its much likelier that the tennis ball story (which was never credible IMO) was a beat up… The guys who made the tennis ball accusations are boyfriends living in Sydney, and other classmates present at the time (girls, I wonder if that’s significant?) said it was a fantasy…
      Deb

    • Draco T Bastard 12.4

      Key is still squeaky clean though,

      Except for the lies about how many rail shares he had, the attempt to obfuscate about his meeting with that lord tax rorter from England and his refusal to tell us why he fired one of our ministers. There’s probably others as well.

  13. Irascible 13

    Garrett merely stole a person’s identity and engaged in demonstrably corrupt behaviour. Benson-Pope’s alleged behaviour as a teacher was not substantiated in a court of law. His was a real example of a media beat up.

    • mcflock 13.1

      True, there is a distinction between alleged behaviour and that proved in court.

      Even if true, there is also the question of degree of the crime. Back in the 80s real corporal punishment (beatings with implements) were routine in some schools.
      A tennis ball to gag an obnoxious little scrote? That’s just innovative teaching that some students probably found inspiring.

      I know I had a fair bit of respect for the teacher who would put wrongdoers in stress positions the SAS could take notes from.

      Does such behaviour in their history satisfy the respectability requirements of current-day MPs? That’s another debate. When we’re talking about getting caned or the strap, that’s definitely under the umbrella of “abuse”, whether it was culturally accepted at the time or whether it was even done for the child’s own good (frankly a lot of uni students I know could have done with a good walloping 5 or 10 years ago). So that’s what might have seemed okay then, but is a bit dodgy now (like the way some of our scions of industry made their first millions).

      The difference is that back in the day innovative corporal punishment was occasionally quite funny. However, we still would have regarded stealing a dead baby’s identity (even if it was just as a prank) as being a bit bloody off. “Acceptable at the time” vs “fucked up any time”. Get it?

  14. Tanz 14

    Yeah, sure. Try asking the victims.

    • mcflock 14.1

      That’s what the courts are for.

      Oh wait – DB-P’s “victims” didn’t get that far, did they?
      Whereas G’s got to say what they wanted – at sentencing.

  15. Tanz 15

    The courts often get it wrong. So, all the victims, including the girls on the camp, were lying? As with the name suppression laws, so overused, our courts have gone haywire. Benson-Pope may be innocent yet, but then why all the allegations?

    • mcflock 15.1

      I love the way you say “victims” as if it was ever demonstrated that a crime even probably took place.

      As opposed to a guy who went through the entire process and was found guilty. Then apparently forgot that he’d received another conviction a few years previously.

    • Maynard J 15.2

      So I take it that it wasn’t your dead baby Tanz?

  16. felix 16

    Anyone else get the feeling that there are plenty more skeletons stuffed into Garrett’s crooked creaky closet?

  17. ianmac 17

    “Hilary Calvert, the potential next Act MP, says she “unreservedly” supports party leader Rodney Hide and is ready for Parliament if she is called upon.”

    Oh Damn!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10674191

    • the sprout 17.1

      that won’t be enough to save him, and she, along with Boscawen, may well review her position over the coming days

      • Pascal's bookie 17.1.1

        After the two blots on Mr Garrett’s record were revealed this week and both Act leader Rodney Hide and Transport Minister Steven Joyce subsequently admitted past offences, Ms Calvert would not comment on whether or not she has any convictions.

        “I’m not going to say I don’t. I can’t remember a speeding ticket,” she said.

        “I will have to have a proper think about it.”

        Gordon bleedin Bennett. What’s wrong with these people? If you have to have proper think about whether or not you have a criminal conviction then you know, what the fuck. She’s a lawyer, it’s not that hard. She’s had a few days notice to think about it. And it’s good to know you don’t have to have a proper think about the rest of the ACTuvium fluff in the article.

        • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1

          “I will have to have a proper think about it.”

          Translates from MP speak into must consult with the PR firm on how to spin this.

    • Carol 17.2

      Well, I suspect Garrett’s 2 weeks’ break is so that ACT can prep his replacement. Yes, I know I haven’ had any convictions – have been asked that question on job appplications simce way back.

  18. North 18

    Rodney Love Perks on Close Up tonight. My God……..what a disgusting piece of sweep-it-. under-the-carpet rationalisation ! The man is no more fit to be in Parliament than is the nutter Garrett. Time Smiley Boy John Key got real and showed us he has some morals. He doesn’t actually give a stuff……..except in the cheapest political sense. How much do I need “HACT” (Hypocrites’ Association of Crooks & Thieves) ? This is utterly outrageous. We are not idiots. We deserve far better from a Prime Minister !

  19. outofbed 19

    Some fucker on the panel says in the light of this minor parties should review how they choose their candidates . The Greens candidate selection procedure is very robust thankyou very much
    The bastards are already trying to use this as an excuse to have a go at MMP

  20. RedLogix 20

    Garrett’s history, Hide’s going and it’s only a matter of time before someone put’s him out of his misery.

    The interesting story is how Key is burning off so much political capital backing Hide so unequivocally. And why?

    • ak 20.1

      Precisely Red. Most uncharacteristically un-slippery. Even if he’s hoping against hope that Hide can do a deal with Garrett to keep him quiet, wee SmileAss must know that Rodders is now unelectable – at best.

      As you ask: why the change from the Pilate act of only days ago?

      Only explanation: because Hide demanded it – to avoid his own sudden oblivion – by threatening MAD. Which means he has the Slipper by the short-‘ns.

      Even if Hideous never told Keysus all about Daveo (highly unlikely), does anyone believe that our highly sensitive and efficient spook-in-chief was not fully aware of every wee potentially damaging detail of every support MP? If not all MPs?

      And I mean all about Dave. dot dot dot

      Lots of footage left in this epic. Sit back and enjoy. Ice-cream?

    • Numbers. Without ACT Key has to rely on the Maori Party for confidence. Early election anyone?

  21. outofbed 21

    I like this from kiwiblog
    # Clint Heine (1,052) Says:
    September 17th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Keep the faith I say. No point writing the party off (yet again). ACT has Rodney, John and Roger who are all head and shoulders ahead of any 3 Nats both in deeds, actions and philosophy. Heather can bounce back and Hilary isn’t known to be a slacker.

    that’s so sweet,
    a fortnight ago “‘heather” was the devil incarnate

  22. Mr Bean 23

    Remind me, what achievements have ACT have done for NZ? Serious question. Ta.

    • Draco T Bastard 23.1

      Removed democracy from Auckland, shafted the city completely in favour of their mates in business and gone a romantic world trip courtesy of the tax payer…

      Oh, wait, you said done for NZ not done to NZ.

      Sorry, my bad.

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