web analytics

National’s arrogant problems

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 pm, July 26th, 2014 - 26 comments
Categories: same old national, scoundrels - Tags:

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

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago