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7:12 am, August 26th, 2015 - 32 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, democracy under attack, Ethics, journalism, Media, national, newspapers, Parliament, Politics, russel norman, same old national, trade, treaty settlements - Tags: liars, shane reti, Todd mcclay, TPPA
This time, Reti lied about the process involved in the ratification of the TPP. In a recent press release to the Northern Advocate designed to assuage public concern about the TPP, Reti stated . . .
. . . As part of ratification, the agreement comes before parliament and opposition parties and select committees for debate and modifications . . . the treaty comes before parliament many times for robust debate as “readings” and the “committee of the whole house”. After each reading the agreement is usually referred back to select committee for even further debate. It is in the many select committee processes that we look to hear the voice of the public through public submissions . . .
In fact, once signed, the TPP cannot be modified, it comes before a select committee and The House only once, and its not Parliament which decides, its John Key’s National Ltd™ Cabinet which gets to
rubber-stamp approve ratification.
Any suggestion that Reti simply “got it wrong” defies belief. He is highly qualified and has worked as a GP, senior manager, academic, diplomat, and as a government appointee to the Northland DHB. Not only that, Reti is also deputy chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee – the very unit of government responsible for steering the TPP through the ratification process.
The excuses Reti offers for his latest lie are laughable. He first tried to dismiss the deception as “bad grammar”. Then, in typical National Ltd™ manner, Reti sought to spread blame by stating that the Northern Advocate reporter and him got their “wires crossed”. His squirming continued when he further stated he was actually referring to modification of the process of ratification, not the TPP itself. The Northern Advocate does not accept that its reporter got her wires crossed and has presented the entire press release along with examples of Reti’s wriggling so that readers can decide for themselves.
The public can also decide whether or not National Ltd™’s contempt for Parliament has reached new and stunningly cynical lows. The question of whether or not the TPP can be modified after it has been signed was put to the Minister of Trade by Green Party MP Russel Norman yesterday. With Tim “Minibar” Groser unavailable, responsibility for answering the question fell to Todd McCLay. Already with significant form for his smarmy responses to questions and for helping John Key reinforce lies, McClay covered for Reti’s lie with a defiant point blank refusal to answer the question asked.
Welcome to the reality of John Key’s promise of “higher standards from Ministers”.