This contribution was sent through by a reader who did some digging after reading that Helen Clark’s research is letting her down in terms of the National party’s voting record on settlement of historical claims (NZ Herald, Political Diary, 9 Feb 2008, offline). It looks like National weren’t that thorough either.
The suggestion that National voted for the Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Settlement Act is actually incorrect. At the last hurdle they pulled out and voted no, in Gerry Brownlee’s words, ‘We are voting against it because it will not achieve settlement.’ (To be fair they did support it right up to the third reading).
It might be a little pedantic but when you start to criticise someone for getting their facts wrong, I guess you can expect the spotlight to end up back on you.