by Stephen Cook
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 »