PM: Williams' pamphlet denial due to 'confusion'

PM: Williams' pamphlet denial due to 'confusion'The Prime Minister has attributed Mike Williams‘ contradictory comments on using Government pamphlets for electioneering to “confusion”.

Helen Clark has reprimanded the Labour Party president for the second time in a week after… [NZ Politics]

Helen Clark must seriously think Kiwis are plain dumb if she thinks we are going to believe that Mike Williams was “confused”.

If he was “confused” by such a simple question then he shouldn’t be on the board of no less than five state owned or government boards raking in over $300,000 in taxpayers money.

More importantly though is Clark’s brazen attempt, not once, but twice to lay the blame on the media.

“Firstly, this was a closed session and normally journalists respect that. Clearly someone didn’t, there was a tape running. Secondly knowing that there was that tape was Mr Williams set up on the interview?”

and

She said it did not excuse Mike Williams but she questioned TVNZ’s ethics.

I’m sorry Ms Clark but since when has asking people to tell the truth been a question of ethics. When ask a question from a journalist Mike Williams first response has always been to lie. All of sudden it is the journalist’s ethics that are in question. Those two parapgrahs are an astonishing attack on the integrity of journalists, made more bizarre is that the union that represents journalists is none other than the union headed by heir apparent to Mike Williams job, the EPMU.

Finally the question remains as to why the Electoral Commission allowed the EPMU to register a a third party when even today Andrew Little is talking about his ascension to the Labour party presidency and he reckons they are not one and the same!

  • Inventory2

    My advice to Helen Clark – don’t be hasty – cut Mikey-boy a bit more slack. Let him beat a path to the doors of the movers and shakers with his collection tin, and let them slam their doors in his face and tell him to sling his hook.. Let the stony-broke Labour Party fight the election, and let them be decimated.

  • Inventory2

    My advice to Helen Clark – don’t be hasty – cut Mikey-boy a bit more slack. Let him beat a path to the doors of the movers and shakers with his collection tin, and let them slam their doors in his face and tell him to sling his hook.. Let the stony-broke Labour Party fight the election, and let them be decimated.

  • Monty

    Bill Englishes press release sums it up

    Monday, 21 April 2008, 10:18 am
    Press Release: New Zealand National Party

    Bill English MP National Party Deputy Leader

    21 April 2008

    Mike Williams must go

    National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says the Labour Party now has a very serious credibility problem with Mike Williams as its president.

    “Mike Williams has been caught red-handed saying one thing behind closed doors and another thing to the public. He must go because the public cannot now trust him to keep Labour’s fingers out of the till in election year.”

    Mr English says it is the second time this year that Mr Williams has been caught out misleading the public, after forgetting to mention an interest-free loan donation from Owen Glenn earlier this year.

    “The Labour president has misled the public again in a bid to hide Labour’s plans to break the law.

    “Mr Williams can’t be relied on to tell the public the truth, yet Helen Clark is defending him. This is an indictment on her judgment.

    “Her tolerance of him confirms the culture of deceit among Labour’s leadership, where misleading the public over the use of taxpayer money is business as usual.”

    ENDS

  • Simeon

    The labour party is really in a shambles. This is the second time Mike has been off side with Helen this year already.

    http://nzdebate.blogspot.com/2008/04/labour-party-is-in-shambles.html

  • Dogmelon

    Just hurry up and implode will you labour party. I’m hanging out for that look of defeat on helen mugabe’s face.

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