Darren Hughes

Time to re-open the Darren Hughes affair

Labour and a journalist challenged Police refusal to release the full john Banks file and the Ombudsmen ruling that they should release the file.

The Herald reports:

The Ombudsman has ordered the release of MP John Banks’ statement to police over donations to his Auckland mayoral campaign.

However, the former Act leader’s statement will not be released publicly until after he has stood trial for allegedly filing a false electoral return for his failed 2010 campaign.

Police investigated alleged irregularities in Mr Banks’ campaign donations but no charges were laid.

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Will David Cunliffe stand himself down?

Labour seems to have differing standards when it comes to MPs under Police investigation.

Now that David Cunliffe himself is under police investigation which standard will he choose?

The Cunliffe Standard?

“John Banks said he cannot do justice to his role as ACT leader while fighting a court case on electoral fraud. That means he also cannot do justice to his role as MP for Epsom.

“The Prime Minister has lost his moral compass. He is once again putting the numbers ahead of principle.

“The right thing to do is to call John Banks into his office and ask him to resign as an MP now,” says David Cunliffe.  Read more »

Pot, Kettle, Black, Mr Goff

Phil Goff has the sanctimony and hypocrisy to claim that Peter Dunne is unfit to be a minister;

Opposition MPs have used parliamentary privilege to label United Future leader Peter Dunne as the person who leaked the sensitive document that set in train events leading to a high-powered inquiry accessing a journalist’s emails, swipe-card and phone records.

Prime Minister John Key opened the door to Dunne picking up a ministerial portfolio next year after Parliament’s privileges committee yesterday slated Parliamentary Service and a former top public servant for over-reaching their powers in seeking to track down the source of the leak.

But in Parliament tonight, Labour MP Phil Goff said Dunne was not fit to be a minister and had broken his oath of confidentiality.

“He has no right to be a minister; that’s why he resigned, that’s why it is totally improper for Key to be talking about bringing back Peter Dunne as a minister.”  Read more »

One plays with balls, the other one plays with balls

Darren Hughes

The media should be careful what they wish for….

Scott Yorke aka Imperator Fish has a second blog…where he takes a more serious look at issues. He takes issue with the squawking over police seizing emails.

Labour Party leader David Shearer has demanded the seizure by police of Peter Dunne’s emails, after Dunne resigned following allegations that he leaked to the media the confidential Kitteridge report into the GCSB.

It is not clear whether Dunne leaked the report, or, even if he did, whether he has broken any laws. From what I can gather, only the appendices to the report had any sort of security classification, and it’s not clear whether Dunne had access to those appendices.

This has not stopped Labour’s leader from demanding a police investigation.  Read more »

Rank Hypocrisy from Labour

The Labour party are pushing for a police inquiry into the Dunne affair…showing their rank hypocrisy when it comes to police investigating political issues.

Labour and the Greens are illiberal in pushing for a police inquiry into the Peter Dunne affair, and have revealed themselves as anti leaks to the media, says Bryce Edwards.

“It’s incredibly surprising to see Labour and the Greens have called on the police to intervene over the leak of the GCSB,” the Otago University lecturer and commentator tells NBR Online.

“There’s always problems when the police get involved in the political and media realm. It can have a very chilling affect on politics and journalism,” Dr Edwards says.  Read more »

Shearer on Gilmore

I thought Shearer’s comments were a bit rich.

Labour leader David Shearer said John Key failed to show leadership by not calling Gilmore to get an explanation.

“The prime minister has just left it alone. He’ll pick up the phone to talk to somebody to get him a job in GCSB but he won’t pick up the phone to actually talk to his own MP. I find that extraordinary,” Shearer said, referring to Key’s call to old family friend Ian Fletcher over the top job at the Government Communications Security Bureau.  Read more »

Truth – on sale now

Who should buy Truth this week:

Brendan Horan, Trevor Mallard, Darren Hughes, Len Brown, Rajen Prasad, Gareth Hughes, David Cunliffe, David Shearer and Jacinda Ardern should all buy Truth this week.



Plus a musical interlude for you:

Today Last Year – Dec 11 2011

12 months ago, we ran a poll on the question of Darren Hughes and his likely comeback into politics.  With 20/20 hindsight, most of the readers were right:

Can Darren Hughes make a parliamentary comeback or is his political career buggered?

  • Buggered (82%, 516 Votes)
  • Comeback (18%, 110 Votes)

Total Voters: 626

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These days he’s the Director of Campaigns & Research for Electoral Reform Society in London.  Wonder if he’s got a Swiss Ball by now?

Oh dear

I see David Shearer has invoked the Phil Goff approach to Leadership coups.

You may recall when Phil was in the crap after covering up the Darren Hughes affair, he announced to the world that all the Leadership speculation had made him stronger.

Now David Shearer’s followed in his footsteps