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Whitewash inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 2nd, 2014 - 41 comments
Categories: accountability, Judith Collins, national - Tags: , , , ,

Time to get out the whitewash:

An inquiry into the events surrounding Judith Collins’ downfall will not examine the relationship between her and Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater or the Serious Fraud Office investigation into Hanover Finance, Prime Minister John Key says.

I know, let’s put on a production of Hamlet, but leave out the role of the Prince of Denmark.


See also:

No Right Turn: “Will the police investigate?”


41 comments on “Whitewash inquiry ”

  1. philj 1

    Let’s face it. We’ve been conned by a smiling assassin.. We, as in my office, but , nothing to do with me. Cool eh.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Isn’t that called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?

  3. fambo 3

    It’s only natural that John Key will give away as little in the way of advantage to the oppostion as he can possibly get away with. He’s not going to come out and say “Hey, let’s have a complete inquiry that really gets to the bottom of all the dirt” – I think we can take it as read that everything that is suspected of him is true. It’s a case of prising it out of him. The Whale Dump person seems to understand this.

  4. mickysavage 4

    It is hard to imagine what the inquiry will do if it is not investigating the Collins Slater relationship. A proper inquiry may or may not reveal an attempt to affect the investigation of a potential crime.

    And the effect that Collins or Slater may have had on the SFO investigation should be the first thing investigated.

    Astounding …

    • SpaceMonkey 4.1

      What it may do is enable any Government ministers to avoid commenting on it. In response to any questions: “I can’t comment on that lest it prejudice the inquiry currently underway”.

    • Tracey 4.2

      It will focus on asking ms colins if she that stuff in the email. She will say no i didnt. Slater will say probablynoy. Enquiry over.

      MOST importantly how will the media portray it and what will it cost

  5. disturbed 5

    This will be seen for what it is, “another evidence cover up.”

    Nixon tried to cover his black op’s activities also, but it didn’t work.

    The truth always comes out, and those that have been harmed by this junta will be compelled to leak the truth eventually.

    Of course a strongly worded public petition for justice in the public interest can be initiated by all the opposition Parties affected with the goal of forcing a Royal Commission investigation with wide powers to look into every issue must be set up now, and will set the issue as a moral and human right to have justice done correctly.

    To just whitewash the whole corrupt black ops operation still going on by this Government is unforgivable and against the public interest for a fair and corrupt free democracy.

  6. Sable 6

    No surprises the mainstream media muckrakers are busy doing their level best to paint this all as a non-event and side show to the “serious issues”.

    I’m not sure how much more serious it could get than this but there you have it. Dirty dirty government, dirty journalism, dirty little NZ Worse still it seems many of the sheeples still think this clown is worth re-electing….

    Roll on the banana republic….

    • Bill 6.1

      How much more serious? How about a PM utterly perverting the role of the SIS in order to advance a party’s political agenda?

      In terms of direct party influence, this Feeley stuff is a sideshow. There is no way that Key didn’t have Collins’ supposed involvement checked and double checked to make absolutely sure there was none whatsoever.

  7. Awww 7

    I think this decision will work against Nation in the election. Either that or the public really are stupid.

  8. weka 8

    What exactly did Feeley do anyway? Was it just that he was investigating Hotchin? Or was it more than that? I haven’t quite got the connection between the need to hobble the investigation into Hotchin and the need to smear Feeley.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      Perhaps Judith and Cameron had someone else in mind for the role. Someone more…corrupt, say.

      • weka 8.1.1

        Makes sense. Does that fit the timeline? eg if Feeley had resigned and been replaced would it have been in time for hobbling the investigation?

    • yeshe 8.2

      Keeping and losing $650 million of investors’ money is why they needed Feeley hobbled. You will notice Hotchin and fellow Hanoverians were never charged with anything.

      • weka 8.2.1

        Yes, I understand the point of the smear campaign (re the investigation into Hotchins). I’m just not clear what role Feeley had in that and what their play was there. Do you mean it was just a fuck with Feeley so he can’t do his job properly kind of thing?

  9. ianmac 9

    Top marks for Mr Key. At least top marks for gall and brutal stubbornness in the face of serious allegations. How can he escape condemnation.

  10. ianmac 10

    Of course Collins will have left no sign of undermining Mr Feeley. Too shrewd for that! Proper and correct to his face. Something totally different can be done outside the checks and balances.

  11. Bill 11

    Thing is, a ‘whitewash’ is when something is covered up.

    But since John Key already knows that Judith Collins had nothing to do with any attempts to undermine Feeley, is ‘whitewash’ really the right term?

    edit – should add, the stuff to do with Slater and Odgers perverting the course of justice is separate and, surely, down to the police or others to investigate

    • yeshe 11.1

      An acid slime wash ?

    • weka 11.2

      “But since John Key already knows that Judith Collins had nothing to do with any attempts to undermine Feeley, is ‘whitewash’ really the right term?”

      We don’t actually know that though. This is a police matter, but in the first instance, wouldn’t phone records show whether Collins did have a phone call with Slater on the day in question. If she didn’t, it would be safe to assume Slater was lying.

      • yeshe 11.2.1

        btw, see #20 on open mike will make you smile !

      • Bill 11.2.2

        No, sure. We don’t actually know that. But a single mention of somebody claiming something about someone else in an email is incredibly flimsy when compared to evidence of other, much more serious instances of government malfeasance.

        The paper trail on apparent attempts to pervert the course of justice involves people who are not members of parliament and who are not employed by the National Party or working in the Prime Ministers Office. The police or whichever relevant authority should investigate. And if they happen to turn up some involvement by Collins, then hey…

        Meanwhile, Collins is gone. That’s a start. But the far more serious issues in terms of National Party dirty dealings, for which there is fairly substantial evidence (eg JK’s use of the SIS) are in danger of slipping into the shadows.

        • yeshe

          not if winston has his way .. #20 open mike ..

          hope someone has time today to see if slater released a ‘police’ video of ureweras … if not, i will look later …. this must not slip away; with you bill.

  12. dave 12

    We were never going see justice from this government the corrupt will never investigate themselves and will block all attempts. It will be a new government and. For David cunliffe to apoint a royal commission into the whole key government
    We should expect nothing else from this swine of a government sept20 is our chance youthinise this government for good

    • McFlock 12.1

      the purpose of this enquiry is merely to clear collins of some incidental matter because it is, after all, hearsay comments in an email between third parties. They will then pretend it cleared her of outright corruption, i.e. abusing the OIA process and possibly sharing state secrets in order to throw dirt at political opponents.

  13. brian 13

    Michael Leunig
    “Politicians clutch at lies and get elected”

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    Every single opposition party needs to come out now and say that they will have a full Royal Commission into all of the relationships and allegations indicated in Dirty Politics and the emails shown by Rawshark.

  15. Inky 15

    A production of Hamlet? “Good night, sweet Nat.”

  16. Tracey 16

    Alas poor Judith. I knew her well.

  17. disturbed 17

    I just signed this petition NOW ALMOST 3000 HAVE SIGNED,— will you join me?

    Governor General of New Zealand: Investigate all the allegations of corruption in the National government
    To: Governor General of New Zealand
    The petition is really important and could use our help. Click here to find out more and sign:
    Thanks so much,

  18. Treetop 18

    Police cannot be counted on. A Royal Commission of Inquiry will be the most transparent.

  19. yeshe 19

    And while the parties are committing to it, how about including the necessary inquiry into what Key/English/Power et al did to steal the millions of SCF, Allan Hubbard and taxpayers.

    For sure, that requires the eyes of a full royal commission. The facts are onerous .. and oh look, there is the SFO again ….

    • yeshe 19.1

      and I would enjoy to hear the head of said Royal Commission enquire of the PM Key exactly what threatening material he was keeping in his top drawer, as stated in the House.

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