Darren Hughes

Interesting choice of spokes-person to talk about a sex scandal

Radio National in Australia had an interview this morning with the spokesman from the UK’s Electoral Reform Society about the Lord Sewel hooker sting and sex scandal.

Calls for reform of the House of Lords are gaining momentum in the UK, following the extraordinary scandal that has engulfed the deputy speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Sewel, who was secretly filmed allegedly snorting cocaine and cavorting with prostitutes.

The footage released by The Sun newspaper also showed him making disparaging remarks about a number of senior politicians, including the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Lord Sewel has now resigned, but the scandal has reignited calls for urgent reform of the upper House of Parliament, with many saying the time has come for the peers to go.

The UK’s Electoral Reform Society has long campaigned for an elected House of Lords.   Read more »

Dan Hodges tears Darren Hughes a new one

In one great big long sledge awesome pommy left winger points out a few facts about electoral reform in Britain.

He starts off with a good rant.

We can all spot the signs. The excuses. The false rationalisation. The denial. “It’s OK. Just one more drink. I can handle it.”

This morning the Electoral Reform Society – those alcoholics of constitutional renewal – are back at the bar for one more (and only one more, you understand) late-night chaser. The last election was the “most disproportionate in British history”. Yes, they may have said that at the previous election. And the one before that. But this time they really, really mean it.

Then he nails Darren Hughes’ outfit with some facts.

The first thing to do is make them face up squarely to their past behaviour. Four years ago we had a referendum on electoral reform. The electoral reformers told us this was the chance to say “Yes to fairer votes”. In fact, it wasn’t just a chance, but a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the way we do politics in the UK”. So off we went to the polling stations, and we voted on it. Six million people (32 per cent) voted to change the system. 13 million (68 per cent) voted to keep it.

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Political Scandals in an alternative MSM universe

Pony-gate has fascinated the MSM and has been given a thorough going over. In an alternative MSM universe there would be so many other political scandals worthy of this kind of attention and the ‘ gate ‘ moniker.

Here are a few that leap to mind….



Labour MP Darren Hughes resigned from Parliament yesterday as witness reports emerged of a distressed, naked man on the street near Mr Hughes’ Wellington home on the night a youth complained to police about an incident of a sexual nature.

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A Defence for Bill English

The Dirty Media Party and the political left are going on and on about hair pulling as if it is the moral equivalent of bending a drunk student over a swiss ball and buggering him without his consent.

With the Prime Minister safely overseas it was left to his beleaguered deputy, Bill English, to mount John Key’s defence for pulling a waitress’ ponytail when Parliament returned yesterday.

English is not prone to defending bad behaviour. He distanced himself from the tactics some of his colleagues were shown to have used in Dirty Politics by saying it was not the approach he would take. Distancing yourself from a minister’s bad behaviour is one thing. But this was the Prime Minister.

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Annette King is a Hypocrite

Annette King is a hypocrite. You wouldn’t believe that she is attacking a minister for not doing more about the PM being a dickhead.

Minister for Women Louise Upston has been heavily criticised for not publicly supporting Bailey and has refused to expand on her statement last week, which repeated Key’s comments and supported him.

On Tuesday she said she had nothing further to add.

“I made a comment last week, clearly he’s apologised, so I think that’s the end of the matter.”

King slammed Upston for her complete lack of a response.

“All she’s done is back up the Prime Minister’s comments that he didn’t really mean to hurt her feelings.”

Annette King followed this up in the parliament yesterday with inane questioning, showing yet again that Labour focusses on things that don;t matter to the vast majority of voters.   Read more »

Little risks skeletons in Labour’s closet

Andrew Little is playing the sanctimonious card rather too hard.

Labour leader Andrew Little says Prime Minister John Key allowed former MP Mike Sabin to chair the Law and Order Select Committee at least once after Mr Key found out he was being investigated, showing a “cavalier attitude” to Parliament.

Mr Key has said the first he knew Mr Sabin was facing personal issues that resulted in his resignation was on December 1. Mr Little said Mr Sabin had chaired the meeting of the Law and Order Select Committee on December 3, two days after Mr Key was told.

“That was a severe conflict of interest. It shows a cavalier attitude by the Government towards Parliamentary oversight of the Police. We need to know that the institutions of Parliament, select committees and the way they operate are done in a way that maintains public confidence in them. You can’t have a committee of Parliament that provides oversight for the Police being chaired by someone under Police investigation.”

Mr Little said he believed Mr Key knew more than he was admitting to. Police Minister Michael Woodhouse has repeatedly refused to say whether he or his predecessor, Anne Tolley, were briefed under the ‘no surprises’ policy. On Waitangi Day, Police Commissioner Mike Bush also refused to confirm whether he had advised ministers, but said police “have not dropped the ball.”

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Andrew Little almost calls PM a liar over Sabin, but actually lacks the stones to do it

Andrew Little has been on Radio Live this morning all but calling Prime Minister John Key a liar.

He says he knows stuff…and as a result the PM is lying. But he lacked the courage to actually say it, even when pressed by Mark Sainsbury.

It seems he is going to use the media to continue the focus on what John Key knew when.

The reason they are hammering this in the media is come next week they will be unable to ask any questions on this in parliament….for a number of reasons, but the main one being it is in reality a party matter and not a ministerial matter.

But since this is a party matter and Andrew Little is focussing what someone knew when, then perhaps he might like to answer some questions about what he knew when as well.

Let’s start with the Darren Hughes affair that Phil Goff keep very quiet for three weeks until Jonathan Marshall few down from Auckland and turned the beltway inside out by doing what no gallery journalist had the courage to do.

Mr Little was the president of Labour at that time.   Read more »

More Hypocrisy from Palmerston North’s Nasty Stenographer Rooter

Iain Lees-Galloway is a hypocrite as well as a stenographer rooter.

This was his facebook post.

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What I find most depressing about National’s response to Dirty Politics is that they think it is politics as usual. It’s not, or at least, it doesn’t need to be. NZ has a proud history of open, transparent and relatively clean politics. This venture into American-style attack campaigns is unbecoming and hopefully the recent debate will help keep a lid on it.

Yet he is as guilty as anyone of dirty politics as well as being a dirty rooting ratbag.

by Cameron Slater on November 3, 2009 at 8:24am
Apparently Iain Two-Fathers has learned his lesson of being involved in Labour Party shenanigins.

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway says he has learned a political lesson after being caught up in the Labour Party’s polling controversy.

Mr Lees-Galloway recruited volunteers for the polling and was in the room when senior MP Rick Barker advised using a phony company name and false personal names if that would make the volunteers feel more confident. Read more »

Pot, Kettle, Black Mr Goff, do you remember your own ducking for cover?

I see Phil Goff thinks that the government is ducking for cover over the Malaysian diplomat incident:

The Government has gone to ground in response to the woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat scandal speaking out and saying Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully should resign.

Mr McCully is en route to Europe and Prime Minister John Key is out of the country on a break.

The acting Prime Minister Bill English also did not want to comment.

“They’re absolutely ducking for cover,” says Labour MP Phil Goff.

Brooke Sabin was probably still in school when a certain incident happened at Darren Hughes landlady’s house in Hataitai.

Wasn’t it Phil Goff who tried to cover up Darren Hughes little incident at his landlady’s house for almost two weeks until Jonathan Marshall flew down to Wellington and busted the case wide open? Why yes it was.  Read more »

Andrew Little just drew a great big target on thge backs of his Labour pals

Andrew Little has called for an inquiry into the Police not investigating political complaints. This is good stuff, the Police have ignored complaints from the Electoral Commission for far too long.

The other phrase that we grew used to hearing last time LAbour was in power was the Police saying that something “wasn’t in the public interests to prosecute” usually when it related to an investigation over a Labour politician…like Helen Clark’s forgery and fraud with a painting, and Darren Hughes and his grooming activities, and numerous other complaints.

In terms of electoral complaints the Police just simply ignore them. There is more than 50 complaints that have never been investigated, most of them Labour politicians breaking the law.

So I agree with Andrew Little…let’s have at it.

Labour is calling for “high powered” independent inquiry into the way politically-charged cases are handled, saying the police decision not to prosecute John Banks needed to be investigated.

The call comes after the Act MP was found guilty last week of filing a false electoral return following a private prosecution by retired accountant Graham McCready, launched after the police claimed in 2012 there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

Labour’s justice spokesperson Andrew Little said the Government should launch an inquiry into why the police failed to prosecute, as well as into the way previous politically-charged cases had been handled, in order to ensure the integrity of the electoral system.”

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