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National’s double standard

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.

Blame Goff?

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, June 10th, 2011 - 61 comments

There are far more similarities than differences in the Hughes / Goff and Worth / Key affairs, but that doesn’t stop the Right trying to rewrite history and blame Goff!

Whatever happened to…

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, September 2nd, 2010 - 6 comments

Few stories that have slipped through the cracks are bothering me:
Whatever happened to Tolley’s diplomatic squad investigation? What about Coldplay’s damages for when National stole ‘Clocks’? And Bennett’s apology to Fuller? And that mysterious company in the Caymans that bought Key’s shares? And why was Worth really sacked?

Media milk Carter demotion for all it’s Worth

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 pm, June 15th, 2010 - 114 comments

The media had a field day with Chris Carter today. Journalists stalked Carter throughout the Parliamentary complex, ambushed him with questions on the fly, and used the footage to make ‘good’ news. I want to know why that behaviour is good enough for Carter to receive when he’s demoted, but not good enough for John Key or Richard Worth

Re-run: Worth fails to cock-up for a week – apologises to PM

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, December 26th, 2009 - 2 comments

Actually, this guest post never got published because, before we could publish it, Richard Worth would be involved in some new scandal and then he was sacked, which adds a layer of irony to the post: In a shocking week for the National government, Internal Affairs minister, Richard Worth, failed to cock anything up. He failed […]

Double standards or no standards?

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, December 8th, 2009 - 7 comments

Key wouldn’t say why he fired Worth, claiming he feared contaminating a police investigation. But he will trample all over a police investigation by saying they shouldn’t prosecute Harawira*. Credibility – fail. *They shouldn’t. OK for me to say that. I’m not PM.

What goes around…

Written By: - Date published: 5:10 am, August 3rd, 2009 - 53 comments

Paula Bennett appears to have broken the law in releasing private information on members of the public who were critical of National’s “ambitious” cutting of the Training Incentive Allowance. Bennett says she did this to “round out the story”. John Key is “comfortable” with this abuse of power, so presumably now the law doesn’t matter, […]

Standard scoop: Why Key fired Worth

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 am, July 13th, 2009 - 81 comments

Last Monday, John Key said you, the people of New Zealand, don’t have the right to know why a minister in your government was sacked. We think you do have that right. And so do others. We have been told the reason from sources in and around the National party. The only reason for Key […]

Worth asking

Written By: - Date published: 3:55 pm, July 5th, 2009 - 23 comments

What a world where a supposed journalist writes this: The trouble is Key’s desire to be reasonable. Despite his intention to say no more about his reasons for losing confidence in Worth, he keeps responding to the media interrogation and seems unable to draw a line under the question. The best approach would be, simply […]

Elucidate

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, July 3rd, 2009 - 28 comments

The woman has dropped her criminal complaint over Worth. Says she is satisfied now the scumbag has lost his career. Police are expected to drop the investigation.  Now, can we (pretty please) know why a minister in our government lost his job? Can Key, just for a day, pretend to give a damn about transparency […]

Question time

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, June 4th, 2009 - 44 comments

John Key’s making a real hash of this latest Worth scandal. There was the secretive way he went about things yesterday, which is just not acceptable from a Prime Minister in New Zealand. He wasted several opportunities to correct his mistake and give full details during the day. Yet the story is still coming out. […]

Iz satisfard

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, June 4th, 2009 - 2 comments

hattip: Maia, Anthony Karinski

I wish to complain…

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 pm, June 3rd, 2009 - 31 comments

It turns out that Phil Goff was aware of an allegation about Richard Worth weeks ago that may relate to the current investigation. Labour leader Phil Goff took an allegation of Richard Worth’s inappropriate behaviour towards a woman to Prime Minister John Key about a month ago, it emerged tonight. This was apparently not the […]

Worth the while?

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, May 12th, 2009 - 17 comments

We got a guest post a fortnight ago that we keep meaning to put up with the title “Worth fails to cock-up for a week, apologises to PM”. Lucky we didn’t speak too soon. The background is this. Chris Hipkins, like any good MP does, has been asking written questions to the minister for his […]

Worth mired in corruption again

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 pm, April 16th, 2009 - 36 comments

(click the picture for the video) Why would Worth visit the Sandhu family to whom he was a stranger and who had nothing to do with his portfolio? What did he say to them? Why would he introduce himself as the Minister of Internal Affairs to the family? And why would he lie about that to the media? […]

Key, a Worthless Prime Minister?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 10th, 2009 - 24 comments

Yet another twist in the Worthless saga. It turns out that he used his diplomatic passport on the trip to India – which was a ‘private’ trip. John Key in his usual spineless way has issued another limp ‘warning”. It appears that even Worth does not believe the warning. Colin Espiner says Worth admitted in […]

It’s just not worth the risk

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 pm, April 5th, 2009 - 23 comments

From Bill Ralston’s latest column on the Richard Worth scandal: Key’s predecessor had no qualms about making ministers walk the plank if they failed to tell her everything. Unless he wants to appear weak and risk further embarrassment to his Government, Key will have to throw the hapless Worth overboard. Ralston’s right. Key should protect […]

When are politicians like cats?

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 am, April 5th, 2009 - 6 comments

For some reason the convolutions in this video reminded me of the twin comedy act of Worth and Grosser this week. Not to mention Key doing a weak-kneed ‘bollocking’ in a direct contrast to his expectations of what Labour should have done last term. This video is one of the best (and earliest) funny cat […]

How much is a lie worth?

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 2nd, 2009 - 29 comments

Labour revealed in parliament today that Richard Worth has another secret shareholding that created conflict of interest when he carried out ministerial duties on his trip to India. After Key gave him the famous ‘bollocking’ on Monday, Worth can have been under no illusion that there wasn’t a conflict of interest with these shares. He had repeated opportunities […]

Mayday Mayday, Worth’s bought it and I’m losing altitude – Groser out

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 1st, 2009 - 36 comments

Richard Worth, OBE, is now in very serious trouble having been snared in what looks like untruths about using his Ministerial portfolio to further the interests of a company he had a private commercial interest in. It’s pretty blatant and really Key won’t be able to get away with keeping him on for much longer. […]

What’s Labour got up its sleeve?

Written By: - Date published: 4:09 am, April 1st, 2009 - 20 comments

When you were perusing yesterday’s Hansard  (don’t lie, you were) did you notice this question from Pete Hodgson to Richard Worth amongst the questions about his India shenanigans? Hon Pete Hodgson: Does the Minister still receive any form of income from Simpson Grierson; if not, when did he last receive any income from Simpson Grierson? […]

Sean Plunket, “interviewer”

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, March 31st, 2009 - 19 comments

I’ve just listened to Sean Plunket interview Goff this morning. It was actually less of an interview and more an exercise in running cover for Richard Worth. And of course it’s not the first time Plunket has gone feral when National has been in trouble. A couple of weeks ago, he was demanding Labour produce […]

Worth’s story unravels

Written By: - Date published: 3:54 am, March 31st, 2009 - 57 comments

Despite getting a “bollocking” from John Key, Richard Worth last night denied that he had been acting as a minister when he went around India promoting flight training provided by a company he had shares in. Unfortunately for Worth, they have the internet in India too: Indian Express 28 Feb 2009 ‘My personal commitment to […]

“Corrupt!”

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, March 30th, 2009 - 62 comments

National rode to power off the back of years of rhetoric accusing the last Labour government of corruption. Who can forget the screams from the Nats? – “Corrupt! Corrupt! Corrupt!” they cried. The boys in blue were going to deliver us a new era of transparency and accountable government. Interesting then to see a report […]

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