Fist in the Face for Five Fingers Feeley from Fran

Last night on NewstalkZB with Susan Wood, Fran O’Sullivan smashed a champagne bottle over Five Fingers Feeley reputation.

My take on it is it’s bad judgement. First of all, should he have even held on to it when he was the head of the Eden Park Trust Board? Maybe it should have gone back to the receiver at that point, the liquidator in terms of Petricevic and Bridgecorp. To actually use a bottle of plonk, champagne, which did not belong to you and you’re the head of the SFO, I think it’s a serious issue. And it’s serious from the point of view it lays him open, lays the office open, to questions around the credibility of what they do, how they deal with evidence, how they deal with anything. You can understand why Judith Collins, the SFO Minister, is so upset about it. Ok it’s been played down both by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister. Well, they were pretty easy around Bill English and his perks there.

Let’s face it, there’s a bit of form there. But actually this guy is the head of the Serious Fraud Office. He’s got to have the utmost integrity. He’s got to be seen to display it. It’s very poor judgement indeed.

It would tend to look like dissatisfaction has been building up in the office. There are issues around the way Adam Feeley does prosecute events. There are issues around the way he does a Hollywood whenever he wants to have a go at somebody. And he needs to be very careful. To my mind he should resign, offer his resignation, and then they can decide whether to accept it or not. I think an honourable person would do that. It’s an egregious lack of judgement.

And really what he has done now by virtue of it coming public a year and a half after the event, is going to result in some very embarrassing times. Not just on Bridgecorp but also on pending trials.

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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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