Simon Power

Another Con AirNZ shocker. Story is 8 years old

This story is getting murkier and murkier.

Earlier today I revealed that the Corrections union and Labour have been well aware for years that prisoners were being transported on flights, despite their fake surprise and outrage in the DomPost.

It seems that the union revealed security details about a prisoner flight and arranged for the paper to be there to take pictures. And – hey presto! – paper runs a story saying this is new and dangerous, while union and Labour are given the opportunity to bash the government.

The DomPost ran the story again yesterday claiming that the flights were “secret”.

But ten seconds on Google has come up with yet more damning revelations. 

This story first appeared – wait for it – eight years ago.

On March 27, 2006 the Herald reports:

Dangerous prisoners are being flown around the country on commercial flights, it was reported today.

And:

 Any prisoner, including maximum-security inmates, could be transferred on commercial flights.

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Will Green Taliban MP apologise??

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It’s quite amazing how rabid Green Taliban activists get. Take for example old Steffan Browning.

Just a month before the November 2011 General Election which saw this fool enter Parliament, Browning was the spokesperson for another fruit-loop organisation, the Soil & Health Association – Organic NZ.

As spokesman he banged off a media release saying the¬†Government must separate GE food in NZ shops, issuing a challenge to FIGJAM Simon Power and Comrade Kate Wilkinson about GE. A key plank of this attack was a study by a scientist called Gilles Seralini. ¬† Read more »

Now that’s what you do when you win

Julie Bishop has wasted no time in wielding the axe and getting rid of Labor troughers. She certainly shows John Key how it should be done.

Former Victorian premier Steve Bracks has been sacked from his position as Australia’s consul-general in New York ‚Äď before he officially started in his new role ‚Äst in a decision described as ”petty and vindictive” by Labor.

Fairfax Media understands that one of incoming foreign minister Julie Bishop’s first decisions in her new position was to sack Mr Bracks on Monday.

Mr Bracks concluded previous employment in preparation to take up his position, which was to start this month.

Drinnan on blogger remuneration

John Drinnan¬†laboriously¬†writes about bloggers and remuneration. Interesting that he didn’t bother to ring me for comment yet felt obliged to use my name to make some sort of point.

Canterbury University senior lecturer in journalism and new media Donald Matheson says bloggers risk being called hypocrites if they accuse professional media about lack of transparency while not declaring payments from other sources.

Really? …does Fran O’Sullivan declare all her other income at the bottom of every article she writes? Does Bernard Hickey? What about Russell Brown’s¬†multiple¬†sources of income. What a¬†sanctimonious¬†twat. Plenty of people in the media do¬†multiple¬†jobs and work on multiple contracts. They also take¬†separate¬†advertising revenue and perform consultancy work, not to mention the lucrative speaking circuit…why the focus on bloggers and what and how they earn money? Everyone else in the media gets paid somehow and no one digs into that.

The only people I need to declare my income to is IRD. Everyone else can get stuffed. ¬† Read more »

Trevett on National’s lack of courage

Claire Trevett rang me for a chat yesterday about Maurice Williamson dropping out of the mayoralty race. Strange since Helen Kelly thinks I am irrelevant.

One of National MP Maurice Williamson’s supporters says he dropped his ambition to run as Auckland’s mayor partly because the National Party refused to let him stand under the party’s banner.

Unlike Labour and the Greens, National has never stood candidates in the local body elections but National-aligned blogger Cam Slater said Mr Williamson was trying to get the party to change its stance. Mr Slater, who is a friend of Mr Williamson, believed National’s refusal had cost the centre-right the only chance to beat Mayor Len Brown.

Mr Williamson announced yesterday he had decided against standing, saying he had taken personal, political and funding issues into consideration in his decision.¬† Read more »

Williamson quits, Nats bottle the challenge

Maurice Williamson has announced he won’t contest the mayoralty and National has bottled the chance to tip out Len Brown.

Unfortunately for Maurice Williamson the beltway politicians lacked the courage to commit their brand to the battle. If they had bothered to lift their heads from focus groups results for just a moment they should have realised that the anger building in Auckland against Len Brown and his unitary plan needed a person to coalesce behind.

Now there is no one. C&R as a brand is stuffed, and quality candidates that may have been found to stand under the National banner will now go back into hiding. Several I know of will be unlikely to want to have to deal with the muppets in C&R¬† Read more »

Another Simon Power screw up

Yet another Simon Power screw up has been revealed, and once again it will have to be Judith Collins who has to repair the damage that FIGJAM rushed through in his final months.

The courts will continue to operate with the current legal aid system for the timebeing despite the Court of Appeal ruling it unlawful.

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) launched court proceedings after the Government’s cost-saving shake-up of the legal aid system, which resulted in legal aid lawyers getting a 10 per cent pay cut.

The CBA lost a High Court case but took it to the Court of Appeal, which today held that the Legal Services Commissioner, who is responsible for granting legal aid, was unable to function independently of the Government.¬† Read more »

Stephen Franks on matters criminal

Stephen Franks comments on the changes that Judith Collins is making in Justice to repair the damage caused by Simon Power and the liberal elite he pandered to.

The Hon Judith Collins justifies the ordinary voter’s support for National. Her¬† preparedness to establish a register of convictions is another example.

Let’s hope that she makes it simple. The current system has converted “open courts and justice being seen to be done” into a hollow slogan.¬†A Press editorial¬†advocates simplicity as far as it goes ‚Äď but that is not far enough.

The record should be open. What happens in open court¬†should be on that record. It should mean that people ‘live down their crime’ if people who know their offending gain¬†confidence¬†in them from long term reliability. That is¬†not the¬†current version. System¬†defenders claim without research evidence¬†that not being caught and living among¬†unwitting associates is rehabilitation.¬† Read more »

Polls, Poles, who cares, sounds the same

Apparently Van Ginsbergen is now enjoying politics rather than motor racing…but who cares, it’s just a word, sounds the same…I really should stop pointing out all the error’s that Bryce Johns’ “decent journalists, trained and skilled” are making…but then he did email me to try harder.

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An email from a lawyer on the issue of name suppression

A reader who is a lawyer writes about the recent furore over name suppression, and points out more of Simon Power’s appalling law making abilities:

I suspect you and I disagree rather strongly on name suppression, at least pre-conviction.¬† The “convict by media” approach is such that publicity of a charge can ruin careers.¬† That said,¬†on conviction, save as to protect a victim, the circumstances should be truly exceptional before name suppression is granted.¬† A person convicted after due process (to borrow an Americanism) beyond reasonable doubt can not then expect anonymity.¬† Indeed public opprobrium is an important element of deterrence against committing crime.

I have not seen the decision of Hubble DCJ and always treat media reports with a degree of skepticism but, in general terms,¬†was a little surprised especially in relation to the name suppression or “name secrecy” as the Herald seemed to decide the new legal term should be.¬† Read more »