The Herald has asked the question of whether NZ is corrupt. Really? They don’t know? Are they surprised?
Of course NZ is filled with corrupt officials. Local Government is the worst.
Corruption is foolishly assumed by the Media Party to be extreme acts. Like someone getting paid off to make a decision that avoids due process.
They have tried to lay the blame on top line government “scandals” but they are missing the point.
Corruption comes in many forms.
The Electoral Commission has referred hundreds of cases to Police for investigation and prosecution of breaches of electoral law and not a single person has even been charged or prosecuted.
You have prima facie crimes being handed to Police and they fob complaints off as not in the “public interest” or “civil action”. You have people perjuring themselves in court and no one is charged. Lack of action when prima facie evidence exists is corruption.
You also have Crown Law wilfully failing to disclose evidence, committing perjury and misleading judges. That is all corruption, and it isn’t all just for money changing hands, sometimes it is about protecting privilege.
Then you have Local Government, which in NZ is dodgier than a 10-month-old piece of rancid mutton. Read more »