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Open mike 11/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 11th, 2009 - 17 comments
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We’re trying a daily “Open mike”.

This is a place for anyone to post comments on topics that might be of interest, and for any discussion following up on the comments. Over to you…

17 comments on “Open mike 11/10/09 ”

  1. Monty 1

    The Labour Party responses to the sentencing of Philip Field was totally inadequate. Annette King refused to say in her carefully worded statement that Philip Field was a corrupt politician and that he was and remains an embarrassment to the Labour Party. Labour to own up and take some responsibility for his corruption. The rumours have been circulating for years about his corruption, but nothing substantial was ever done about it.

    Field was a disgrace and he should never have been tolerated. The fact his corruption was tolerated is an indictment on the Labour Party.

    Labour will not get back the Treasury Benches until they repent properly. This is not a case of saying we accept the Jury’s decision – time to move on. So much more needs to be said.

    • illuminatedtiger 1.1

      Have you ever stopped to consider that the Labour Party (and the New Zealand public for that matter) have moved on? You’re not going to get any mileage out of this one mate. So sorry.

      • Monty 1.1.1

        I know the Labour Party are desperate to move on from this sorry incident as quick as they possibly can. But until Labour front up to the issue then the whole saga will be a constant reminder. Hell Field was only sentenced this week – so the subject should be discussed. The same people who supported Field and would not speak out against him remain in Parliament. Until they have not fronted the issue and apologised for allowing his corruption, then the issue will continue to be raised.

        • felix

          Good for you, Monty – if you think it’s important, you keep raising it. Do let us know if you manage to get anyone interested, won’t you?

  2. outofbed 2

    Being as it is Sunday and not the day for angry rantings..
    (see above)

    The All whites 0-0 draw with Bahrain this morning gives them a great chance to qualify for the world cup
    Unfortunately they didn’t score and away goals count double if things are all square after both legs
    Still I think I might go to the match in Wellington on the 14th November
    should be a good night

    • George.com 2.1

      Heartening to see that the one Bahrain stiker can’t hit a barn door. 2 open goals and he muffs them both. Chance for some new heroes to replace the guys who were my boyhood heroes like Sumner, Cole, Wilson, Woodin, Almond, Rufer etc.

  3. Lanthanide 3


    “Tax cuts north of $50 a week”… until they have to raise ACC levies.

    • starboard 3.1

      …and who was in charge of the acc purse strings these past nine years..” oops
      nothing to see here ,,move on move on…

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        My point is that they largely got elected for a tax cut policy, which they then cancel most of, and turn around and raise other taxes to help cover the very hole they created.

      • Sam 3.1.2

        How is that even relevant? These crises are being manufactured by this government.

        For an ideology that proclaims a zealous adherence to “personal responsibility”, the right really are offloading an awful lot of their apparent shortcomings onto the previous government…

  4. Conan Askanison 4

    This deserves a whole column? What about the allegations against Tamati Coffey? Or do we only point the finger when it is a right wing candidate. There are plenty of dodgy situations during elections and we need an organization with more teeth to enforce the law.

    [lprent: I believe the the key word was “allegations”, specifically by a person who I consider to be a known blusterer and congenital liar – Cameron Slater. Hardly a credible source.

    Anyway, as far as I can see there was no complaint to the electoral commission. So I’d class that as just being one more lying fantasy beloved of the terminally deranged morons who frequent whaleoil and lauda finem. Like you apparently.

    Anyway, since you didn’t even bother to link to this allegation, you are now being warned about making potentially defamatory comments without linking to sources. If I see you endanger this site again, I will ban you permanently.

    Moved to Open Mike as being a deliberate diversion. ]

    • Puckish Rogue 4.1

      I completely agree, left and right are both at fault and the laws (such as they are) and the implementation of them are sadly lacking

    • mickysavage 4.2

      Did you read the post? It actually supports Craig and says that at this stage the allegation is unfounded.

      • Conan Askanison 4.2.1

        While also drawing attention to the allegations. So what about Tamati Coffey then and other candidates who have been accused of over spending?

        [lprent: Banned permanently for stupid trolling. Repeatably making stupid allegations that don’t appear to have even been complained about to the relevant authority is simple smearing. ]

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