Chris Finlayson

Banks saga continues: Attorney-General to review what happened

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson is “taking a close look” into the prosecution of John Banks following a ruling which found the Crown misled the court.

Mr Banks was scathing of the conduct of scathing about the conduct of Crown prosecutor Paul Dacre, QC, and Solicitor-General Mike Heron, QC, following a Court of Appeal decision which acquitted him yesterday of filing a false electoral return.

“I was held to account when I was told by the judge, ‘the prisoner can take his place in the dock’. I was held to account…I’m saying the Solicitor-General has a lot to answer for,” Mr Banks said yesterday.

“Withholding evidence from the Court of Appeal is a serious breach of process. Having the evidence in the briefcase but, for whatever reason, not giving it to the court is a very serious error of judgment at the very least. Read more »

Finlayson mans up, Vance gets more shrill

While Murray McCully is cuddling terrorists, Chris Finlayson is manning up at a conference that has just wrapped up discussing Islamic terror.

Andrea Vance has her knickers in a bunch over it too, so it must have been a good thing Finlayson attended.

Security services minister Chris Finlayson has confirmed his attendance at an anti-extremism summit widely criticised for singling out Muslims.

He is on his way back from a ministerial meeting at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

Finlayson, the minister responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau and the Security Intelligence Service, spoke yesterday on “the importance of strengthening the role of civil society in preventing violent extremism”.

The meeting was chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry and followed terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.  Read more »

Another NewstalkZB staffer goes feral

There seems to be a cancer eating away at NewstalkZB…one of a lack of courage too, because Rachel Smalley and  now James Robins are both giving me a good  kicking.

You have to wonder if an edict has gone out from NZME.

But neither of them have the courage to say these sorts of things to my face…like many in the media they are spineless cowards.

James Robins goes on a defamatory rant…it really is quite funny. Dallas Gurney will be loving the ratings and traffic that a stoush with me brings.

The Labour Party’s new leader Andrew Little may believe that the Prime Minister should “stand up, take responsibility…apologise” and “move on”. But there’s little chance of turning away from an ever-increasing barrage of evidence against the Government’s deeply disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions.

Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn’s inquiry sought to uncover allegations made against Warren Tucker (former head of the Security Intelligence Service), staffers in the Prime Minister’s office (like black-ops man Jason Ede), and Cameron Slater (a “toxic” hatemonger and terminal “reprobate” blogger) prior to the 2011 Election.

What disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions….this is politics you numpty.

As for calling me a toxic hatemonger, have you been swallowing the seed of Martyn Martin Bradbury? I bet Larry Williams and Leighton Smith don’t agree with you…or even your own boss.

Then-Labour leader Phil Goff, mistakenly convinced that he hadn’t received an intelligence briefing about the actions of a few Israelis after the Christchurch earthquake, found himself under attack not during Question Time or from his enemies during a media stand-up but from the fly-blown pages of a deranged blog.

Released on Tuesday, Gwyn’s report entirely confirms (as if Nicky Hager’s claims needed more affirmation) that Slater received a tip-off about Goff’s folly, was coached through making an OIA request by Key’s staffer Jason Ede, received his politically-damaging treasure in record time thanks to Tucker’s inability to stay “politically neutral”, and proceeded to lambast the Labour Party alongside the Government who gleefully kept their hands ‘clean’ of the entire affair.

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Employment Court bogged down by Bridges inaction


It’s no wonder party donors are expressing dismay with the Nats when businesses are being bogged down in employment courts thanks to the inaction of Labour Minister Simon Bridges.

Simon seems more at ease camping up for a farewell to Tony Ryall than worrying about little things like his legislation clogging up the Employment courts

Take the Employment Court case Matsuola v LSG Sky Chefs NZ. This case has been bogged down by lawyers fighting over the complicated and confusing Part 6A since early 2011.    Read more »

So much for the “sledge pledge”, Clare Curran carries on with the Nasty party plan

David Cunliffe made a sledge pledge in line with his party’s “Vote Positive” slogan.

The Sledge Pledge has been ignored, in what can only be a slight against David Cunliffe’s leadership.

Yesterday it was Grant Robertson getting nasty on John Key.

And today it is Clare Curran proving Labour remains the Nasty Party.

It seems Labour leader David Cunliffe’s “sledge pledge”, in which he promised a “positive” election campaign, hasn’t got through to Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

Curran has branded rival MPs nasty, homophobic and foul-mouthed in an interview with a student newspaper.

The article was published online on Sunday – as Cunliffe was delivering a keynote speech.

“This election campaign is not about dirty tricks or dodgy deals; smear campaigns and a personality cult,” Cunliffe told delegates, including Curran.

Later, he told reporters the public was fed up with political debate centred on personal attacks rather than policy.

“We want to run a clean, positive campaign.”   Read more »

Tracy Watkins on the nasty stuff

Tracy Watkins comments on the nasty stuff flying around.

MPs are now bracing for what they believe will be the nastiest campaign ever.

There has been plenty of evidence so far it will be dirty; Green MP Jan Logie has been vilified on social media for her tweet stating: “John Key says Bill English has produced as many budgets as children . . . begs the question who he has f … d to produce it” [sic].

Logie is not the only offender. Remember National MPs Anne Tolley and Judith Collins attacking Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei for her $1000 jackets and being out of touch with the poor? Or Labour MP Trevor Mallard calling Chris Finlayson “Tinkerbell”? But such behaviour is hardly new. In past Parliaments we have had punchups, Judith Collins labelling Labour MP David Benson Pope a pervert, Labour’s various attempts to smear John Key – including the H-bomb debacle – and in return National spent most of the 2005 campaign labelling Helen Clark a liar and likening her to despot Robert Mugabe.

The difference these days is that social media and the 24/7 digital news environment magnifies such behaviour a thousand-fold.   Read more »

Keep Jacinda Ardern away from anything with numbers

Jacinda Ardern - via 3 News

Jacinda Ardern – via 3 News

National’s Chris Finlayson has had enough

Ms Ardern has made numerous incorrect statements about arts funding in Budget 2014, despite these errors being repeatedly pointed out in Parliament and online.

“The supposed ‘cut’ to public broadcasting claimed by Ms Ardern reflects the fact that last year $4.5 million was spent on the Going Digital project, helping the switch over to digital television,” Mr Finlayson said. “That spending is not in the budget this year, because, well, we have Gone Digital.”

“We have in fact allocated extra funding within public broadcasting on new projects, including the maintenance of the TVNZ archives.”

“There is no reduction in heritage spending, as she has claimed. What may have confused Ms Ardern is that heritage now appears in two appropriations, one of which is earmarked for World War One centenary commemorations, a key heritage project. The total is slightly higher than last year.”

“In future, perhaps she should read further down the page before firing off indignant press releases.”

Why?  And take all the fun away?  What would we write articles about?   Read more »

Tweet of the Day

Following on from or post about David Cunliffe misleading the public over the involvement of the government in the whaling legal case Chris Finlayson posted this.

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The trouble with deals like SkyCity

The Attorney General, Chris Finlayson is in a spot of bother – but Labour are too busy re-announcing what they’re not going to do to pick up on it.

In order for the former bankrupt’s private prosecution against morally bankrupt, Len Brown, there is the small hurdle of the Attorney General.  Stuff reports:

Retired accountant Graham McCready has filed affidavits supporting a private prosecution against Auckland mayor Len Brown. 

McCready said that Brown’s acceptance of the gifts led to “favourable consideration” towards SkyCity and he would prosecute the mayor under section 105(1) of the Crimes Act – corruption and bribery of an official.He was expected to appeal to the Attorney General to allow the case against Brown to proceed.Earlier this week, McCready backed down on an announcement he would file papers against Brown’s wife, Shan Inglis.    Read more »

Great job or get over yourself?

Andrea Vance is onto the hard hitting Stuff today

Here’s a heads-up to staff in Chris Finlayson’s office – he is passionate that they should not sloppily split infinitives, or use Oxford commas.

Ten pages of guidelines have emerged, setting out the language the culture minister expects officials to use in correspondence and briefing papers.

It is accompanied by speech-writing instructions, with a list of more than 20 banned expressions.

Staff are forbidden to use “heads-up” and should instead plump for “early” or “preliminary indication”.

Also out in his language jihad are “process”, “outcome”, “community”, “stakeholder” and “cutting edge”.

Mr Finlayson, who is also attorney-general, harbours a special dislike of Oxford commas, split infinitives and any extraneous uses of “that”.

“The minister has commented ‘commas hunt in pairs’. This would, for example, look like this’,” the memo instructs bureaucrats.

Well now, that is, quite, the complaint, don’t you think?   Read more »