Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, September 15th, 2019 - 100 comments
National has a rather murky past when it comes to dealing with issues relating to the behaviour of its Members of Parliament.
Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, October 10th, 2015 - 22 comments
In March of this year National recycled a private member’s bill that Mike Sabin originally championed. The bill if enacted would have permitted a Judge to draw an adverse inference from a defendant facing child sex abuse charges exercising the right to silence. The bill was in the list of private members bills released on […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, September 20th, 2015 - 103 comments
Twelve months on from the last election and that brighter future we were promised has not happened.
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, April 8th, 2015 - 172 comments
Trouble is brewing in National’s ranks. In a series of recent tweets occasional Standard commenter Matthew Hooton outlines his reasons for now opposing John Key’s Government.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 201 comments
A post to allow for the discussion of the Northland Buy Election result.
Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, March 25th, 2015 - 28 comments
It looks to me like the early voting for Northland is likely to be close to or more than 50% of the total vote. Part of that is because it is a by-election. Part because of National’s hapless and tainted candidates (past and present) going against effective opponents. But also due to the strong trend to early voting. It will need to cause changes in electioneering.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 24th, 2015 - 34 comments
Anne Tolley was told about the prosecution of Beverley Sepuloni under the no surprises policy nearly a month before the news became public. Release of this information makes you wonder why we cannot be told the date that the Government was told about Mike Sabin’s difficulties.
Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, March 21st, 2015 - 32 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 20th, 2015 - 109 comments
A bill designed by Mike Sabin has resurfaced this week. The intention is to take away the right to silence by allowing a Court to draw an adverse inference if someone choses to say nothing when facing certain charges. This proposal needs debate.
Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, March 16th, 2015 - 64 comments
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 12th, 2015 - 127 comments
I kid you not but John Key thinks that Dotcom and Hager prevented him from announcing the Northland bridge decaboondoggle. And Sabin is having no effect on the by election campaign.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, February 16th, 2015 - 51 comments
Rodney Hide vs The Herald’s anonymous apologist on National’s mishandling of Sabin, and what it means for our democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, February 15th, 2015 - 69 comments
The John Key led National Government is showing signs of third termitis. Symptoms are a confusion of the national interest with National Party political interests, a willingness to sell state houses and pay the proceeds to large corporates when even your best friends are saying don’t, a staleness and inability to handle issues properly and being completely bereft of new ideas to improve the country. The condition is almost inevitably terminal.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 9th, 2015 - 114 comments
In which Rodney Hide writes the column that The Herald’s senior political reporter should have written…
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 7th, 2015 - 218 comments
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has essentially confirmed that under the no surprises policy the Police told either Anne Tolley or Michael Woodhouse or both about the Police investigation into Mike Sabin. The issue will be when they were told. If this occurred before the time that Labour told the Prime Minister’s office about Sabin’s difficulties the veracity of what John Key has told us will have to be questioned.
Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, February 4th, 2015 - 302 comments
Issues surrounding Mike Sabin highlight the handling of the matter by Andrew Little. With commendable restraint he chose to privately notify the Prime Minister’s office that one of his MPs faced problems. And his recollection of matters is clearly better than Key’s recollection.
Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, February 3rd, 2015 - 277 comments
An analysis of the timeline and a reading of Cameron Slater’s comments concerning Mike Sabin raises real questions about the veracity of what Key has been saying to the media. Update: It appears that David Garrett and Rodney Hide have expressed views wondering if Key’s statement about when he was told is actually correct. Update: And Matthew Hooton suggests that the Police may have advised the Government of the invesigation.
Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, February 2nd, 2015 - 116 comments
Now that Mike Sabin has resigned attention is on what John Key knew and when.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 2nd, 2015 - 12 comments
Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, January 30th, 2015 - 163 comments
A by-election is imminent – so how does Labour win in a safe National seat?
Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, January 30th, 2015 - 151 comments
UPDATED: Northland MP Mike Sabin has resigned.
Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, January 29th, 2015 - 27 comments
I/S at No Right Turn on the Mike Sabin situation. “For the sake of propriety and the integrity of our justice system, Sabin must be stood down”…
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 28th, 2014 - 67 comments
The Sunday Star Times has revealed today that the inquiry into Mike Sabin started before the last election and that senior National figures knew about it. And it appears that two private members bills he drafted have disappeared. The questions has to be asked, why is he still the chair of Parliament’s Law and Order committee. And when did John Key find out about the allegations?
Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, December 22nd, 2014 - 215 comments
Northland MP Mike Sabin is facing a police enquiry and a by election is possible.
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, January 25th, 2012 - 94 comments
National is letting children go to school hungry to try to teach their parents a lesson. Every fool knows the basic requirement for learning is food in the tummy. No decent person would turn their back on a hungry child. But Mike Sabin wants 20 children in his electorate to starve pour encourager les autres. And Paula Bennett has just cut the money that was feeding them.