Seriously folks I’m starting to think that time travel exists. It’s either that or she is a vampire.
To be honest, I didn’t think the Greens knew there was such a thing as working together with people, but it’s nice to see they’ve heard of the concept when trying to score some quick political points. Â Especially as it wasn’t the Greens that brought the issue up in the first place.
The Greens say MPs shouldn’t be given pay increases that are out of step with those of most other Kiwis.
“MPs’ salaries are going up by $8200 but the median income rose only $1300 last year,” said co-leader Russel Norman.
“We’re calling for cross-party support to agree on a system of index linking.”
The 5.5 percent increase was announced yesterday by the independent Remuneration Authority.
MPs’ pay has risen to $156,000 a year, the prime minister’s to $452,300 and cabinet ministers’ to $283,400.
The remuneration authority needs a kick up the hoohaa. Â With inflation near zero percent, and general market increases in the range of 1.7 (from memory), there is no way to justify a 5.5% increase. Â You could say they’ve increased New Zealand’s productivity, but we’re still running deficits, so I’m not sure how you can earn 5.5% and look the tax payer in the eye. Â Read more »
Labour leader Andrew Little has been labelled “gutless” for standing down MP Carmel Sepuloni after her mother was charged with benefit fraud.
Mr Little was also defending another one of his MPs today, David Cunliffe, who was pulled over for talking on his cell-phone while driving.
[Carmel Sepuloni’s mum] Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared in New Plymouth District Court today, facing 19 benefit fraud charges.
Her daughterÂ is collateral damage – the frontbench Labour MPÂ has beenÂ stripped of her shadow social development role by Mr Little.
National MP Judith Collins took to Twitter to criticise Little, saying: “Message to LabMPs is if anyone of your family’s in trouble, so are you. No leadership, no guts [sic].”
Yesterday Andrew Little stood down Carmel Sepuloni for something her mother is alleged to have done.
At the same time David Cunliffe was actually breaking the law, driving erratically and was pulled over by Police near Plimmerton.
Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has been nabbed by police for using his mobile phone while driving.
Mr Cunliffe was pulled over by police yesterday morning near Plimmerton, north of Wellington, after a complaint by a motorist who said he was driving erratically.
It was a second incident in a bad day for Labour MPs.
Party leader Andrew Little also stood Carmel Sepuloni down as social development spokesperson after learning her mother faced multiple charges of welfare fraud.
Mr Little said Ms Sepuloni told him the first she had known of the charges was when One News contacted her for comment yesterday.Â Read more »
It is not often that I am wrong, but when I am I will apologise.
I said that Andrew Little shouldn’t have stood Carmel Sepuloni down, I was wrong.
The reason I have changed my point of view is this:
1091 (2015). Carmel Sepuloni to the Associate Minister for Social Development (23 Feb 2015): What is the process that the Ministry uses for establishing whether suspected benefit fraud relating to a client having a partner despite saying they live alone, has taken place?
Hon Jo Goodhew (Associate Minister for Social Development) replied: Reply due: 03 Mar 2015
It would appear that Lindsay Mitchell was right in pointing out that Carmel Sepuloni has a history of interfering.
On one hand I can agree with the Whale that Carmel Sepuloni should not be punished for the (alleged) sins of her mother. Andrew Little has stood her down from the welfare portfolio because her mother is facing numerous benefit fraud charges, citing a “conflict of interests”.
On the other, Sepuloni has a history of getting directly involved with WINZ staff and interfering in their decisions.
In her own words, after intervening to get a benefit reinstated when someone volunteering in her office missed a WINZ seminar thereby breaking the rules of entitlement
Labour has said that climate change is one of the biggest issues facing New Zealand.
They also say repeatedly that the government’s solution or policies on climate change aren’t bold enough and that New Zealand must do more and that National is sitting on its hands while the world burns.
New Zealand’s carbon emissions are about 0.15% of the world’s emissions yet Labour says we must do more, set an example for the rest of the world and if we do that then other countries will lift their game
It appears though that their policy on climate is dead in the water.
Well because it fails their own logic argument.Â Read more »
Earlier I blogged that I thought that Andrew Little had got it wrong on standing down Carmel Sepuloni.
In public statements Little is all over the place.
He started off by saying:
“Well it’s because as spokesperson for Social Development, when she has a close family member involved in an issue like this, it’s appropriate that she step aside so that there’s no claim of a conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.
Which changed to:
“Carmel has assured me she didn’t know her mother was facing these charges.” He said she would stay on the front bench and in her role as Junior Whip, but had agreed step aside temporarily as social development spokesperson while the matter was dealt with.
– NZ Herald
And then changed to:
“Carmel is an adult and her mother is an adult. Carmel is not responsible for the actions of her mother,” he said.
“We have agreed she will step aside … on a temporary basis while these matters are dealt with. There is a conflict of interest at the present time.”
In a bizarre decision, one which shows signs of cracking under pressure, Andrew Little has stood down Carmel Sepuloni from her Welfare spokesperson role because her mother is on charges of benefit fraud.
The Labour Party’s welfare spokesperson has been stood down from that role following a ONE News revelation.
ONE News has discovered high-ranking MP Carmel Sepuloni’s mother, Beverley Anne Sepuloni, is due to appear in court tomorrow on benefit fraud charges. She is expected to plead to the charges tomorrow.
Carmel Sepuloni, a young rising star in Andrew Little’s Labour Party, was the party’s spokesperson on welfare – until this afternoon. One News called the Labour leader’s office just after 2pm today and by 4pm he had stood Carmel Sepuloni down.Â He moved fast.
“We’ve agreed that she will step aside from her role as spokesperson for Social Development. There’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.
Mr Little decided to stand Carmel Sepuloni down after ONE News revealed the accusations against her mother.
Beverley Anne Sepuloni is due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow morning on 19 charges laid a month ago. She’s accused of claiming the sickness benefit in 2006 when she shouldn’t have. She’s also accused of applying for the disability allowance in 2008 when she shouldn’t have.
It’s alleged she claimed rent subsidies between 2003 and 2010 which she wasn’t entitled to.Â And she’s also accused of failing to tell welfare officials – for 10-and-a-half years – that she was living with a partner.
Today’s face of the day has been stood down by the leader of her party even though she hasn’t done anything wrong.
Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni has lost her social development role because she is being held responsible for her mother’s actions.
Her mother has been charged with benefit fraud. While the matter is being dealt with, her leader Andrew Little asked her to step aside temporarily. This is insanity. Doesn’t Andrew realise the precedent he is setting here? Until the ‘Little precedent’ MP’s were only held responsible for their actions. Thanks to Andrew the sins of the mother or father or brother or cousin can be used to hurt an MP’s career!
Honestly what ‘ matter, ‘ is there to look into? Her mother is the one being charged not Carmel. What are they looking for? Is this a witch hunt to get rid of her by trying to somehow link her to her mother’s crime?
If Carmel loses her role permanently the flood gates will open. National will be able to declare open season on all opposition MP’s family members! Got a Granny with a speeding ticket? No transport portfolio for you. Your sister is a drug addict? No Social Services involvement for you. Getting rid of Angry Andy will be a cinch. All we need is a cousin’s, sister’s, boyfriend’s, Uncle who is a terrorist. GOTCHA!
Yesterday we saw the public representatives of the left-wing stand in parliament and show their unwillingness to help those in suffering. They should hold their heads in shame, but that is for the next post.
What you need to understand is what those public figures represent, in all its appalling clarity. These comments are from various left wing blogs, I read them so you didn’t have to.
Weka at The Standard:
If the choice is between supporting the US and a cafe terrorism once a decade, I think we should take the cafe.
So innocent victims of terrorism is ok with this person because at least we aren’t supporting the US.
Lynn Prentice, the world’s greatest sysop, now also the world’s greatest solver of Middle East conflict:
As it stands, Iâ€™m starting to think that it would be an interesting case for an old imperialistic solution. Let their stable neighbours (ie not Syria) partition it along more rational lines and occupy it under a UN protectorate for a decade or so to stabilize the society. Charge the cost and a large profit to the US and UK taxpayers who were stupid enough to cause the problem.
So which stable neighbours of Syria and Iraq are you suggesting Lynn? I can only think of one…Israel, yeah like that is going to happen.
Tiger Mountain at The Standard thinks it is all a plot manufactured by the US:
this has been a textbook example of â€śmanufacturing consentâ€ť at the behest of 5 Eyes and Uncle Sam, from snooping law changes, front page/TV news leading with gruesome IS videos, increased passport sanctions, a visiting Iraqi politician, to even the Westfield mall video that has been around for some time apparently, surfacing in msm on the very day cabinet was firming up a position!
The answer is to not participate in or support imperialist wars. To put diplomatic pressure on via the Security Council and trading partners to not support IS in any shape or form. To run a truly independent foreign and trading policy. To lavish aid on the vulnerable including various stripes of Kurds.