National’s arrogant problems

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 pm, July 26th, 2014 - 26 comments
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Serial trougher Claudette Hauiti – whose only noted attribute between replacing the arrogant Aaron Gilmore and last week was illegally employing her partner as her electoral assistant – can’t even tell you how much she ripped the taxpayer off.  John Key doesn’t care enough about it to find out how much it is.  She will however break Gilmore’s unhappy record of shortness of office.  Except of course, despite her hanging offence, she’s not resigning, but accepting another 5 months’ pay (including 3 months after the election).  She’s quite happy to take yet more off us, despite being found out, and Key is happy to let it happen.

Gerry Brownlee was at least happy to offer his resignation – because he was found out, and only for Minister of Transport; but still a relatively high degree of personal responsibility for National Party minister.  Key however thought it entirely fine for his minister to break the rules he sets for everyone else – and then continue to oversee the officials who are investigating him.  It seems a straight resignation offence (even to John Armstrong), and Key’s leniency because Brownlee’s been “good” in his books should be only taking Transport off him, not all his portfolios.

And then Jonathan Coleman – old “Smokey” – has been caught lying to the public about knowing about the FBI’s investigation of Dotcom. He was informed about the investigation before Dotcom was granted permanent residence.  How being under active investigation by our police and the FBI means he was still continuing to fulfil the “good character” test that was required for permanent residence seems strange to say the least.  At least Dotcom seems to be doing his best to give them comeuppance.

Meanwhile Murray McCully has kicked his scandal to the long grass, with an enquiry overseen by him, that rules out investigating him, and ensures that officials will be held accountable and not the Minister for his department.  Key continues to refuse to apologise like he promised to, and Murray’s yet to have the guts to apologise in person.

All arrogance from a government that feels entitled.

Of course, despite this barrage of scandals by the government expect to mianly see more criticism of Cunliffe for having a 3 day holiday (while Key has 11 days), for apologising for the terrible state of domestic violence in this country and for failing to force the media to talk about the important issues he actually wants to discuss.

Even with Mike Hosking.

(For a lighter look at politics, this week’s Toby Manhire is very good…)

26 comments on “National’s arrogant problems”

  1. karol 1

    Good points, Bunji.

    A correction – that link to Hauiti employing her wife – that’s an article from May and said the employment had ceased the previous week. Not the current “last week”.

    • Bunji 1.1

      Me and my over-complicated sentence structure! Now I see why my essays got marked down for such things at school back in the day…

      Let me try again:
      Before last week the only thing she’d done of note was to employ her partner illegally. Now she’s done another thing of note – private spending on her parliamentary credit card.

      I’ll get there. 🙂

      • karol 1.1.1

        Ah. Yes, a comma would have helped at some point. If I read it with a different phrasing, it means just what you said @ 6.46pm.

  2. Macro 2

    An excellent summation of a thoroughly rotten lot. How anyone could possibly consider that this arrogant and corrupt shower, who sit their fat backsides on the treasury benches, were fit to govern beats me.

  3. Weepus beard 3

    The culture of arrogance is nurtured from the top. Mr John Key sets the tone that all his MPs sing along to.

  4. karol 4

    Oh – now Brownlee is blaming his airport security crime on a “brain fade”.

    Really!? Surely this means he’s unfit to be in government?

  5. ghostwhowalksnz 5

    Even had to push past scurity guard to get through door. On top of that all the rules about security breach were broken by airport and airline once he was on board
    Small note to intro. he has only given up aviation parts of his portfolio
    not transport

  6. philj 6

    xox
    With the list of Government transgressions, it would make a great TV reality show! NZ On Air, look out.

  7. Clemgeopin 7

    Along with all those shocking affairs, let us not forget the other two very dodgy deeds such as the Judy Collins Oravida milk misuse affair that was quietly shoved under the carpet as well as what I consider as the unbecoming, stupid and suspect deed of Michael Woodhouse personally going to meet the wealthy National party Chinese donor, Liu, in order to receive HIS preferred immigration changes!

  8. Whatever next? 8

    Yep, Key has certainly made it “sexy” to be flippant and arrogant, power corrupts, and given the amount of power he has given himself by placing”his people” in strategic places, we have moved into “absolute power…..”

  9. Jrobin 9

    Sexy for whom? Hs charisma has faded with his brain, WN.

  10. Adrian 10

    Hide is trying to embarrass Maggie Barry into naming the name suppressed sex offender.
    Good luck Rodney, old Nat Party trouts don’t turn on their own.

  11. Sable 11

    It may look like arrogance but in fact I think there is more to it. This is not so much a government as an interest group who have no concern whatsoever for the needs of the people of this country or its laws. They are not accountable to anyone and they know it so they do as they like.

    If you look at them in the same way as a gang you are closer to the truth of what they are.Arrogance assumes some measure of accountability, there is none here.

  12. tc 12

    +1 this mob of hand picked sock puppets, foot soldiers and sociopaths are beyond arrogance.

    Its neo liberal evangalism, no matter what evidence, facts etc you produce their randian bible and CT spin lines is quoted as a response.

    Any of the old guard who stand in the way sign away their involvement and are paid off.

    A compliant MSM is essential as being asked reasonable questions and getting answers cant be entertained. Non compulsory voting helps alot also, not making the disengaged vote doesnt risk them choosing the wrong side.

  13. JK 13

    Yep to Sable and tc – and I’ve just posted on tuwhera mike a media release from Grant Robertson showing the 15th Nat MP who’s “ballsed up” in some way. 15 ! That’s a statement of arrogance in itself – not to mention ShonKey’s constant lies ….

  14. Lorraine 14

    With the number of national party MPs making so called mistakes that the PM is always making excuses for it is clear that there isn’t much intelligence amongst them. The #Team Key also says a lot. Without John Key they would be dog tucker. Why are so many people prepared to overlook the acceptance of completely unacceptable behaviour from so many national MPs just because John Key is standing up for them?

    • whateva next? 14.1

      ? mind numbing TV, controlled media and cheap alcohol to subdue the masses, and the belief that it cannot be any better?
      I keep asking the same question.

  15. Treetop 15

    Does Hauiti still qualify for all the perks while she is on the payroll?

    Donne stood down as police commissioner when the police officer failed to breath test the driver of the car Doone was in. From memory Doone worked in a back office for six months until his term was up.

    Coleman represents how in denial the government are when it comes to being truthful with the public. When it comes to the no surprise policy the only surprise the government have is that Bickel has told the truth. I expect that Key will make life differcult for Bickel. Bickel helped me out with a health anomaly 20 years ago when he worked for Social Welfare in Manners Street, he did his job properley.

  16. Tom Jackson 16

    Don’t worry about National’s corruption and arrogance. I’ve heard that David Cunliffe swore at someone who stole a car park from him in 1992. It will lead tomorrow’s papers.

  17. Key has also forgotten that Brownlie was found guilty of throwing a old aged pensioner down stairs at a Nat conference.

  18. disturbed 18

    Just watch the National M.P’s acting so very arrogantly during the Question &; answer debate next Tuesday.
    Their vitriolic swipes at the opposition which go unchecked by the delinquent speaker of the house David Carter.
    National has denigrated the whole parliamentary process and it curdles my blood to sit and watch it for more than 10 minutes, when can we reform the whole rotten mess called parliament?

    They are servants of the taxpayer and not there for their own gratification.

    It was discussed on Q+A panel the issue of the national Party now seeming to be very arrogant that this may hurt their future polls going forward from here if they don’t moderate their manner. We shall see if they actually listen to that panel discussion today shall we?

  19. fender 19

    It’s good to see the many comments following this stuff article concluding that it’s Brownlee who’s an arrogant “obnoxious twerp” and “an utter tosspot”…

  20. the voter 20

    Why this country is not in a political fight like back in 1951 is beyond me to understand .
    We are being run by a fascist govt of a ONE seat majority that has sidestepped democracy on so many issues that are the core of a democratic system
    All the govt MPs vote with no conscience but by party decree, run out the same line every time they abuse the privilege of the house to lie to the country about their real MO which is to annihilate socialism in all forms in this country and control its resources by selling off the govts power to the international capitalist regime .
    The abuse of civil rights by this Key bastard is appalling, his arrogant belief in his own divine right to rule as a president is sickening and no one seems to be able to stop him .
    The bastard would just love to get rid of elections

  21. the voter 21

    Why this country is not in a political fight like back in 1951 is beyond me to understand .
    We are being run by a fascist govt of a ONE seat majority that has sidestepped democracy on so many issues that are the core of a democratic system
    All the govt MPs vote with no conscience but by party decree, run out the same line every time they abuse the privilege of the house to lie to the country about their real MO which is to annihilate socialism in all forms in this country and control its resources by selling off the govts power to the international capitalist regime .
    The abuse of civil rights by this Key bastard is appalling, his arrogant belief in his own divine right to rule as a president is sickening and no one seems to be able to stop him .
    The bastard would just love to get rid of elections

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