Under-fire Labour leader David Cunliffe is in the thick of more controversy â this time accused of refusing to help an Auckland man with a delicate ACC matter unless he agreed to âdish the dirtâ on a senior Cabinet minister.
Just weeks after his credibility took a hit after the Donghua Liu affair and the whole âIâm sorry for being a man â saga, Cunliffe has now emerged as the central figure in a messy âbribery scandalâ.
For the past three years former senior RadioWorks executive Mike Rowley has maintained a dignified silence about what he claims was an attempt by Cunliffe to âbribeâ him for information about the ârelationshipâ between the Exclusive Brethren and Communications Minister Steven Joyce.
Joyce used to own Radioworks and would often come into contact with Rowley.
Rowley says when he approached Cunliffe three years ago about the role ACC allegedly played in the suicide of a rape victim, the Labour leader indicated he would be willing to look into the case â but for a price.
In return for his help, Rowley would have to âdish the dirtâ on Joyceâs relationship with the Exclusive Brethren, the secretive religious group who emerged from obscurity during theÂ 2005 election campaign.
âNo dirt, no help. That was the clear message I got,â said Rowley. Â Read more »
I have called them a cult church and I will repeat it again, they areÂ theÂ ExclusiveÂ Bro-thren. Who cares if a bunch of sect Maori like you or not? Â They even changed the rules banning women speaking on a Marae when it suited them. Â When rules are changed for Metiria Turei to speak you know those extending the pleasure are an extremist bunch of nutters belonging on a list with Destiny Church.
McCarten has gone all whiny again about the sacking of Kate Wilkinson and a guy I have already forgotten. Phil? The guy who John KeyÂ Â stuck his neck out for before.
Given they only got told about it hours before their dear leader gratuitously humiliated them revealed something ugly in Key’s psychological makeup.Â Read more »
Tariana Turia has not taken much time at all to sledge out David Shearer for attemptingÂ to cuddle up to the Exclusive Bro-thren aka Ratana.
Labour leader David Shearer has said he will gun for the Maori Party electorate seats next year, exploiting the uncertainty in the party – but co-leader Tariana Turia has retaliated, saying Mr Shearer was a poser and Maori people would see right through him.
There has been more Green party-linked hoarding attacks last night in West Auckland.
Despite being busted and Russel Norman fessing up in the face of the evidence released on this blog they have not stopped.
National should lay complaints formerly with the Police and with the Electoral Commission.
Russel Norman’s executive assistant was donkey deep involved in this she needs to assist Police in identifying all the green operatives behind the continued vandalism.
I wonder too if Parliamentary Services needs to beÂ involvedÂ to ascertain that their email servers weren’t used to facilitate this orchestrated, corrdinated nationawide attack on National’s billboards.
The Green party and the media went after the Exclusive Brethren and tracked down the printers and obtained invoices, why are they not doing the same here. Seems they are more interested in whether or not John Banks called Don Brash a “strange fellow” or not.
Meanwhile wanton, organised, expensive vandalism is being perpetrated but 50 or so green aligned activists with little or no media scrutiny.
Russel Norman is usingÂ plausibleÂ deniability in his excuse making but I’m not sure I believe him.
The Greens got upset in 2005 when the Exclusive Brethren organised and distributed pamphlets. They authorised their pamphlets though. The Greens activists did no such thing. Back in 2005 Don Brash was asked if he knew anything about the campaign, he denied knowing anything.
Has Russel Norman had his Don Brash moment? Is it reallyÂ believableÂ that he didn’t know anything about this campaign when his executive assistant was front and centre involved in organising this attack on national’s billboards? There were more than 50 activists involved in this. It was on a scale far larger than the Brethren and the 6 or so menÂ involvedÂ in that. It isn’t conceivable that senior Greens didn’t know about his.
I think there are many more questions to be answered by the Green party.
I can’t wait until someone tracks down the printer of the stickers and pulls the invoice.
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … in my diary, so I just went. I saw him. I am not quite sure who set it up.â John Key also said exactly that about theÂ Exclusive Brethren. He said theÂ Exclusive Brethren had an appointment in his diary, he did not know who set it up, and he does not even …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … flops, his lack of principles, his memory loss, his confused statements, his insecurity, his secret dealings with theÂ Exclusive Brethren, and his own comment about the stealing of emails from Don Brashâs office, which he tried to blame on the Labour Party?…
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … in New Zealand. It is an agenda that would see a return to the master-servant relationship that was promised to theÂ Exclusive Brethren in 2005. Already we have National members of Parliament going around speaking to business groups and telling them that …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … may have had a different result. They were not prepared to own up. In fact, Mr Brash could not remember meeting theÂ Exclusive Brethren. John Key still does not remember receiving the email about the money that was being spent. Is it not amazing that he …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … has had to own up. That man was a former police officer in Dunedin. He is the same man who was employed by theÂ Exclusive Brethren to dig up dirt on the Prime Minister and on Labour MPs and their families. He is a proven liar. Wayne Idour lied to …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … and now there is no accountability as to where that money came from, what trust it came from, whether it was from theÂ Exclusive Brethren, or whether it was from the fishing industry, the insurance industry, or the tobacco industry. The money went into the …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … vehicle it isâcontrolled and managed by Mr Browne, along with Mr McCully, to hide its donations from people like theÂ Exclusive Brethren. I think any questions about the Spencer Trust would have to be directed to New Zealand First.
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ I think the issue of putting proper addresses on authorisation came out of theExclusive Brethren pamphlets, where addresses at which no one lived were put on. Fake addresses were put on, and the National Party …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ No, I have not received any advice on that, but it is a very interesting idea, and, obviously, I think theÂ Exclusive Brethrenâ
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ … to do it. In response to the question, I say that no, I have not received any advice on that, but I would say to theÂ Exclusive Brethren that if they are planning the sort of campaign they had last year, they too ought to get advice from the Electoral …
Hon ANNETTE KINGÂ I think my colleague is rightânot theÂ Exclusive Brethren.
Another classic case of weapons grade hypocrisy from Annette King. Every otherÂ denominationÂ in new Zealand is fine for Labour MPs to meet but not the Exclusive Brethren. For them Annette King and Labour reserve nothing but denigration and abuse.
Meanwhile fresh from displaying naked opportunism and hypocrisy over Government use of the airforce, Labourâs chief dirt digger Pete Hodgson is on TV tonight criticising John Key for his Diplomatic Protection Squad (DPS) security detail.
Labour really needs to get a grip and stop flinging random mud hoping some will stick. it’s the trees/wood thing I have previously mentioned. We get that labour hates John Key, and that they think he is a rich prick, we get that, the problem is we want to hear what Labour is going to do about things like the $300 million we are borrowing per week to pay for their promises.
But back to the issue of the DPS. Firstly, Iâd be very concerned if John Key was telling the police how to do their jobs or how they should arrange their rosters.Â Iâd expect the Prime Minister to be wise enough to leave security to those who are experts at it.
The Prime Minister was actually attacked in 2009 at Waitangi.Â And guess who got the blame for the âembarrassing breach of securityâ ? Why yes â it was the DPS.
âIn any other country than New Zealand such an attack would have been treated extremely seriously. It is difficult to imagine that a person found guilty of assaulting the President of the United States would be at liberty to harangue him again, from a dangerously short distance, just two years later.â
The DPS just canât win with Labour or TVNZ. They’re either too slack or too careful.
Back in 2007,Â Â TVNZ was among thoseÂ claiming incompetence when Helen Clarkâs home was âtaggedâ and a robber hid in her yard:
Questions are being raised about the competence of the Prime Minister’s security team after two embarrassing incidents for her minders.
The Sunday News claims security at Helen Clark’s Auckland home is being reviewed, after a man who had robbed a dairy was able to hide out in the backyard.
As well as the incident involving the robber, the Diplomatic Protection Squad also failed to stop youths from tagging the PM’s house, and several others in her Mt Eden street.
âClark, who is on holiday, was not available for comment but a source said she was fuming over the breaches.â
So rightly, the DPS reviewed their procedures yetÂ again.Â The same story tells us theyâd already boosted Helen Clark’s security after an encounter with a member of the Exclusive Brethren.
âShe is now routinely shadowed by two or more DPS staff.â
Yet tonight, Hodgson’sÂ complaining there’sÂ too much Prime Ministerial protection and tellingÂ police how to do their jobsÂ becauseÂ he knows best.Â Goff needs to haul him into line.Â If, God forbid, somethingÂ happened to the PM or his family LabourÂ would be strandedÂ on the wrong side of public opinion (yet again). And itâs not as if there havenât been any threats.
âGet someone to assassinate the prime minister, the new one, next yearâs one. Just been in office five days, bang âŠ Yeah, John Key âŠ just drop a bomb âŠ Just wait till he visits somewhere and just blow them âŠ They wonât even find you.â
One moreÂ thing:
Dodgy Pete is suggesting the increase in the DPS bill is all about John Key. Clearly trying to smear Key as precious and soft. But even his fellow traveller Trevor Mallard has the sense to recognise that the DPS look after more than just the PM:
âTheir job is to protect the Governor General, the PM, international political visitors and diplomats when there is a security issue.â
Have we had VIPs recently? Like a Prince, or the US Secretary of State, or other Foreign Leaders?Â Did this contribute to the cost?Â Of course it will have.
I even recall Don Brash had security allocated to him for a time when he was Opposition Leader, but unfortunately for invisibleÂ Phil Goff heâs clearly not deemed to beÂ atÂ risk.Â Envy perhaps?
Itâll be interesting to see whether Goff gets protection for this yearâs campaign.Â Although now his wifeâs acting as his chauffeur – maybe sheâll just multi-task.
UPDATE:Â Perhaps embarrassingly for Goff… I’ve just found a video where he talks about getting the DPS to ride Triumphs with him to Christchurch in the unlikely event that he becomes PM. (04:11)