An honest Minister and a bent cop

There is yet another story about Rob Pope in the paper and yet another reason why he had to go. It seems he thought that his reward for manipulatiing, cajoling anbd blackmailing his way to the top echelons of the Police was to game the system so he could pocket a few more coins for his retirement.

Police Minister Judith Collins rightly smashed him about the chops on that one.

Deputy police commissioner Rob Pope was told not to reapply for his job – prompting his decision to “retire”.

The contract of the 36-year veteran is due to expire on April 3 and he had wanted to stay on until August 2012 to make the most of his superannuation scheme.

But Police Minister Judith Collins declined – and told him that to agree would make her “a corrupt minister”.

The reality of his “retirement” is starting to be realised. He got a DCM, un-wanted by either the Minister nor the new Commissioner. There are reasons for that and just one of them is his need to rort taxpayers with his super scheme.

It seems Rob Pope and a large contingent of lazy repeaters failed to grasp that his position is a statutory appointment that can be for no more than 5 years as required by law. The position serves  totally at the discretion of the Minister and no one else. Rob Pope forgot that, and Judith Collins reminded him of the statutory requirements. That is as it should be.

Rob Pope should have just grasped the nettle and reitred gracefully, instead he seems hell bent on retiring disgracefully, throwing his toy and having conniptions and hurling abuse. He should ask himself where that has got him so far….oh that’s right…retired.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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