Politics

Labour and media need remedial lessons in Parliament’s standing orders

Labour and their leader Andrew Little think they have got John Key.

They have used a sneaky left wing blogger to try to manipulate me into smearing the PM and it blew up in their face.

But they have a worse problem, they don;t seem to understand Parliament’s standing orders.

These are the questions John Key was asked by Megan Woods, with his answers.

Dr Megan Woods : Did his office have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s inquiry?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : I do not think so. I am not aware of that, no.

Dr Megan Woods : Did he have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the inspector-general’s inquiry?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : No.

Both questions have two legs…and under standing orders the minister, or in this case the Prime Minister is entitled to answer which ever leg of the question they like. There is no obligation to answer both legs.    Read more »

Josh Forman and his attempt to leak information from his government job

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Josh Forman

Josh Forman thought yesterday that he would try and nail the PM by releasing an email between me and him.

Little did he know that I had smelled a rat some days ago and set him up.

However over the course of the past month he has been sending me information that he came by in his role working in the state sector, specifically information designed to undermine CERA and the EQC, but especially Gerry Brownlee.

He states in his email suggesting a blog post and potential set of OIA questions the following from a temporary email account.

The Comedian <[email protected]>
To: camslater

Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

RE: OIA suggestion + Article suggestion

OIA suggestion + Article suggestion

When it comes to corruption, New Zealand does pretty damn well.

Where there are large amounts of taxpayers money available in a bureaucratic environment there is bound to be the occasional hiccup, but you would expect that processes would be in place to detect and deal with such instances.

This is a fair and reasonable expectation when you are dealing with a large, long established organisation such as ACC or Work and Income – while they have had their issues with largesse in the past, there has not been, to date at least the wholesale embezzlement of state funds.

What then are the safeguards that are in place when a small crown entity is forced to rapidly and massively up scale its operations, make up policy on the fly, deal with a complex disaster situation, while juggling the responsibility of dealing with billions of dollars in levy payers funds?

I’m talking about the Earthquake Commission and its primary recovery agent. Fletcher EQR.

What assurance does the public have that the organisation formerly employing 20 staff, which now has in excess of 1000 employees which has paid out almost $8 billion dollars in either cash settlements or repair works for earthquake damage in Canterbury alone, has put in place the safeguards necessary to ensure that the money is spent appropriately?

In short, there are no guarantees when it comes to EQC and EQR.

Today we submitted an OIA Request to EQC requesting specific information on it’s operations and seeking answers to the questions outlined above.

[REDACTED: 14 potential OIA requests, some defamatory in nature]

If intending to publish this I would appreciate if you could refer to me as your source close to the rebuild based in Canterbury and leave it at that. this disclosure and OIA suggestion puts me at significant personal risk.Do not identify me.

The Comedian

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A Good Councillor…even if he is from Palmerston North

Council staff seem to think they are beyond reproach.

They throw their toys out of the cot if anyone criticises them, especially a councillor.

Fortunately there are some councillors who are willing to stand up to this bullshit view and not be afraid to criticise staff when they make mistakes.

Chris Teo-Sherrell has manned up to the ratbag staff in Palmerston North who have had a whinge about him. This is despite him recently winning reelection.

The Palmerston North city councillor most recently rebuked for breaching the code of conduct is looking for changes to uphold councillors’ rights to speak out.

A group of council managers complained about comments Chris Teo-Sherrell made as a councillor last year about them trying to run the organisation.

An ad hoc committee held a hearing with press and public excluded and upheld the complaint.  Read more »

Greens & Labour still helping promote blog

Yesterday I wrote about being mentioned in parliament by name 75 times.

You’d think Labour and the greens would learn…but no.

Here is yesterday’s effort.

Q2: Andrew Little mentioned me by name 5 times.

Q4: Megan Woods mentioned me 8 times by name.

Q6: Russel Norman mentioned me by name 18 times.

In the General Debate there were 16 mentions of my name and 2 of the website.  Read more »

Face of the day

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Josh Forman

Whaleoil used the same Trick as Tyrion Lannister to out today’s face of the day for what he is, a Left Wing Blogger donkey deep in dirty politics.

In my conversation with Josh Forman I got suspicious because of his intense interest and so fed him some information that wasn’t strictly true so that it could be easily verified by cellphone records.

-Whaleoil

It is not the first time that this particular play ( The Canary Trap ) has been used to reveal a leaker in politics.

It’s not exactly promising Princess Myrcella to three different suitors, but the technique used by Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s epic Game of Thrones to uncloak the member of the Privy Council betraying him to his sister and mortal foe—giving different information to Varys, Littlefinger, and Grand Maester Pycelle—made an appearance in a recent hunt inside the White House for the pseudonymous national-security tweeter @natsecwonk, according to the Washington Post:

Three weeks ago, the group hatched a plan to trick the suspected NSC staffer into revealing himself. They would intentionally plant inaccurate, but harmless, information with him to see if it would pop up as a 140-character tweet, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the effort.
The technique is a well-established one in intelligence circles, it turns out, and was popularized by Tom Clancy as a Canary Trap in his novel Patriot Games. The tweeter was eventually revealed to be Jofi Joseph, a National Security Council staffer involved in negotiations around Iran’s nuclear program.

-theatlantic.com

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Josh Forman came unarmed to a battle of wits and got bitch slapped.

 

Labour’s own Dirty Politics scam busted, Josh Forman and Annette King need to explain [UPDATED]

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Josh Forman

A while ago I was contacted by Josh Forman, who works for a state sector organisation closely linked to CERA and the EQC, for coaching as a blogger.

He wanted to set up a reasoned voice on the left, I thought this sounded like a good idea at the time.

I did however have some suspicions about his integrity and certainly his previous brushes with the law made me wary.

From the start he seemed in a hurry to get somewhere and was always looking for dirt on National MPs in order to make a name for himself.

He certainly wanted to attack John Key.

In his correspondence with me, he certainly outlined who inside Labour he was working with and he claimed a strong working relationship with Annette King. If you check their Twitter conversations they are certainly very friendly.

On Monday night there was a lot of chatter about the leak of the IGIS report into the SIS and the Prime Ministers Office.

He was emailing me asking questions about it.   Read more »

Auditor General slams Local Government on infrastructure investment

I have been rabbiting on for a while now that Local Government is broken and among the rot exists significant issues with the way that Councils have managed their books. Core to the issue has been the manifest failure of Councils to adequately perform specific functions and duties that are required of them by the Local Government Act, but particularly where it concerns the management of infrastructure. Councils have for years ignored maintenance of infrastructure in the ground and in doing so has deferred the maintenance costs for future generations.

Now Auditor General Lyn Provost has come forward with a fairly blunt warning about the perilous state of Local Government infrastructure stating that without sharpened management and financial commitment by Councils failure of services is guaranteed.

Ironically, there has been a tendency to under-spend on infrastructure. Expenditure has historically come in waves, but since 1986 there has been a significant tapering off of expenditure. “Some local authorities will face real difficulties in managing decline and in ensuring that their assets are the right size for their needs. They might hope that capital investment will reinvigorate growth & prevent further decline – but it may be only hope.” Said Ms Provost. “These spending trends raise questions about local government asset planning, depreciation practices and capital expenditure management”.

And she is quoting a $7 billion funding gap by 2022 if Councils continue to spend less fixing the services they should maintain as priority. Read more »

Are you a NZ politician? Do you have the stones to do what needs to be done?

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I received this e-mail recently. It raises a very good point.

Message: Message for SB. You’re so, SO absolutely right about the
muslim issue. I’m NOT a poster, though I have been reading WO for a
couple of years, and esp since Cam’s series in Israel, have become a
serious student of ‘the problem’. The UK is just about finished, as is
much of Europe, and most people here are oblivious to the threat. I
think we must find a political or influential figure who will start
the ball rolling and rally what is no less than the defence of western
civilisation, because otherwise (like the Roman empire) it will be
gobbled up and destroyed by this monster, in this case, Islam. What a
world to leave for our children and grandchildren! Any idea how we can
go about this? Any candidates for the role?

Is there a politician out there who will protect New Zealand? It will require them to pop their head above the parapet and to as Cameron says, ” Cop a flogging ” in the media. Look at how Cameron has personally had the MSM ‘ Gunning for him ‘ with his views that run counter to theirs. It will take a very brave politician indeed to point out the obvious but un popular view that we already have underway a serious threat to democracy and our way of life.

Anyone who tells the truth, who points out what is happening in other Western countries will be accused of racism and worse.

The only thing this Politician can be sure of is that they will have the support of this Blog and will get a fair hearing and balanced reporting  from Freed.

Is there anyone out there?

Anyone?

 

 

Goff gives Inspector-General Gwyn the ‘middle finger'; is Gwyn going to let him?

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

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I might be the ‘most toxic blogger in the land’ but I can’t be ignored

Apparently, according to the Dominion Post editorial writer I have a new title. The “most toxic blogger in the land“.

The report says Jason Ede, a special adviser in John Key’s office, told Slater – the most toxic blogger in the land – about the SIS report on Goff and even prepared a draft blog for him about it.

Why do work when there are others who will do it for you.

I did a review of Question time and the Urgent debate and searched for my name.

Q1: Mentioned 13 times by Russel Norman.

Q3: Mentioned 8 times by Andrew Little. The site mentioned once.

Q5: Mentioned by Phil Goff 10 times.

Q7: Mentioned 4 times, not by Winston Peters I might add but by Megan Woods.   Read more »