Shane Jones

Who is paying Brian Edwards to push this idea so hard?

Some time back my good friend Brian Edwards cried off blogging, but it seems he has found a new source of luncheon sausage because he is back in the saddle so to speak and blogging up a storm.

His latest post suggests that Shane Jones’ time has come to lead the Labour party.

From the tone of his post it seems he has given up on the Cunliffe experiment.

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as a future leader of the Party, but as a worthwhile Member Of Parliament and a decent human being.

Then, yesterday, I came across this video on the Herald’s website. And I had no choice but to radically change my previous opinion and to do so with a degree of regret that it had ever been expressed. I’d had a preview of Shane Jones’ debating skill and facility with words a week or two back when he was interviewed on The Nation by Paddy Gower. But this was something different. It was an extraordinary display not only of oratory and the art of persuasive communication but of subtlety of thought and intellectual depth, leavened with humour. It was theatre.

One need not go far to look for a reason. Jones is equally fluent in Maori and English. But his impact when he combines the two is nothing less than extraordinary.

Well, he is also a man who provokes strong feelings of approval and disapproval, a high-risk candidate for the highest office in the land. But as I watched and re-watched this speech, I thought I could perhaps see a Leader of the Opposition there and a Prime Minister to boot.

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Stephen Franks on the outrageous claims of corruption by the opposition and media

Stephen Franks provides a thoughtful response to the outrageous claims of opposition MPs under parliamentary privilege of corruption by Judith Collins.

I note that they dare not repeat those claims outside of the protection of parliamentary privilege.

Political journalists continue to give credibility to the Oravida beat-up. I’ve not heard anyone I know, outside the ‘beltway’ set, who share their faux indignation. Perhaps aspects yet to be revealed will vindicate the accusers. But on what has been disclosed so far, those alleging corruption disgrace themselves.

We come from an era, widely regarded as our most incorruptible, when all manner of goods were marked with the Royal crest, and the words “By appointment to HM the Queen”. Approval as suppliers to the Crown was overtly advertised, for the benefit of the supplier. I recall no concern that it was a corrupt practice.

Nor is there any objective argument that Ms Collins advocacy for any dairy interests in China or elsewhere, has been inimical to the interests of New Zealand. The allegations of corruption are the single element most likely to reduce the barriers to corruption. When it is acceptable to equate such innocuous behaviour with corruption, we lose the capacity to distinguish, and ‘everybody does it’ becomes a more likely excuse for genuine corruption at other levels

If there was some indication of covert payments then it might run. But most of us know that there is implicit personal endorsement, even if it is unwanted, in most engagements of powerful people.  Read more »

No news today – just Labour continuing to be hypocritical

Labour, and particularly Shane Jones, are shameless with the brouhaha over a fundraising dinner John Key attended organised by the Maori Party.

Back in October, wasn’t it Labour selling access to MPs at its party conference?

Their conference material offered:

 An opportunity to meet 1:1 in a short meeting with your choice (subject to availability) of Members of Parliament and senior Party officials (further information regarding this will be sent to you on payment).

I think we need to step back and consider very carefully Labour’s stance on this.

Paying to go for a dinner where you’ll likely  get some face time with John Key = bad/evil

Paying to meet one-on-one Labour MPs = just fine.  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

The Huddle

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I was on the Huddle again  last night with host Larry Williams and Josie Pagani.

First up the royals arrive to a wet and windy day in Wellington. Worse still they nearly had to land in Ohakea then drive down – I’m sure they would have recommended we get booted out of the Commonwealth had that occurred. It’s fascinating though how there is so much interest in them when there’s all this talk about becoming a republic.

Then we’ve got Shane Jones having a crack at Lotto in supermarkets. He appears to have let the headway he made with the Countdown bullying story go to his head. Now he’s gone a step too far, banning Lotto from being sold at supermarket check outs – it’s a bit petty on his part to be campaigning on this one. He’s also talking about capping the jackpot amount – killjoy!

And last but not least in any way….Kimmy and Hone get cuddly. (Ewww – there’s an image that will need some intense therapy to get rid of!) Honestly this will end in tears. There’s not going to be a happy ending for this marriage. Their uncoupling will be less than amicable!  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I am on the Huddle again tonight with host Larry Williams and Josie Pagani.

First up the royals arrive to a wet and windy day in Wellington. Worse still they nearly had to land in Ohakea then drive down – I’m sure they would have recommended we get booted out of the Commonwealth had that occurred. It’s fascinating though how there is so much interest in them when there’s all this talk about becoming a republic.

Then we’ve got Shane Jones having a crack at Lotto in supermarkets. He appears to have let the headway he made with the Countdown bullying story go to his head. Now he’s gone a step too far, banning Lotto from being sold at supermarket check outs – it’s a bit petty on his part to be campaigning on this one. He’s also talking about capping the jackpot amount – killjoy!    Read more »

Countdown’s shambles continues – Boss admits to tucking Kiwi suppliers

Yet another week of pain for Countdown. Over the weekend Jones once again ripped into Countdown, this time slating them for bringing gambling to poor communities.

Tracy Watkins then gives Countdown another round of PR headaches with her story today.

But her story has much deeper ramifications than casual readers may realise.

The comment by Countdown boss Dave Chambers should have Jones frothing at the mouth and proves all along that there was truth to Countdown’s Mafiosi tactics.

“Progressive Enterprises managing director Dave Chambers confirmed yesterday that terms with some suppliers might include retrospective payments if the agreed amount of sales were not achieved.”

What? Remember Dave Chambers comment just the other week in that Herald fluff piece?  Read more »

Jones continues his jihad against Lotto, still conflicted, Cunliffe says nothing

Shane Jones continues his conflicted jihad against Lotto this morning, though he is veiling it as an attack on Countdown.

He is seriously conflicted out in this matter though with his missus working for SkyCity and SkyCity providing his week day accommodation.

If a glass of milk and a photo opportunity was grounds for resignation because one’s spouse is a director of a company then how much more inappropriate is it for someone to be lobbying against a director competitor of the employer of your spouse?

Labour MP Shane Jones is calling for an end to big Lotto jackpots after attacking supermarket giant Countdown for selling tickets at the checkout counter.

Jones said selling Lotto tickets at the checkout was like putting a poker machine at every counter but worse, because people could pay for the tickets with their credit cards.

“What do you buy? Weetbix, orange or a big fat Wednesday?” he asked.

He believed there should be an immediate review of the Gambling Act that should include a look at the size of the Lotto jackpot, because a $30 million or $40m jackpot was too high.   Read more »

Has Shane Jones declared his conflict of interest?

Shane Jones has launched another attack on Countdown, this time over their desire to sell Lotto tickets at the checkout rather than at a separate counter.

Labour MP Shane Jones has again taken aim at Countdown, raising concerns about lotto sales at the supermarket’s checkouts.

Lotto tickets are being sold despite new evidence that people spend less on food when there is a big jackpot.

You can now buy lotto at the checkouts in 100 Countdown supermarkets around the country. That makes buying a ticket more convenient, but Mr Jones says that is the problem.

“With Countdown putting a one-armed bandit at every Countdown checkout counter, you’re bringing gambling into the community,” says Mr Jones.

I wonder though if Shane Jones was wise to mount such an attack considering his own conflict of interest.  Read more »

Countdown copping more heat, this time for bullying competitors

RadioLive is reporting that there are more claims of aggressive bullying from Progressive Enterprises, this time against competitors.

Under-fire supermarket owner, Progressive Enterprises, is facing fresh claims of aggressive tactics.

Treatment of suppliers by the Countdown chain, which is owned by Progressive, is currently under investigation by the Commerce Commission following allegations by Labour MP Shane Jones.

Now, CEO of the Mad Butcher, Michael Morton told The Nation, Countdown does not just bully its suppliers but also its competitors.

“I believe they have a cultural billing within the whole organisation,” he said.

“If you look to the information that came out and the allegations that were made about the supply and the tactics that were done there. The fact that when we do any comparative advertising to them, we get smashed with lawyers letters. They come down like a sledge hammer.”   Read more »