The Beaumont Effect is why Shearer won’t act

NZ Herald

There is a reason that David Shearer won’t act on the Shane Jones corruption allegations. It is the Beaumont Effect.

If he acts and Shane jones exits parliament then the next person on the Labour list is Carol Beaumont. Shearer would lose a vital vote and David Cunliffe would gain one. Neither Shearer nor Labour really need another hard left unionist back in parliament.

Labour MP Shane Jones has spoken publicly for the first time on his granting citizenship to a Chinese businessman against official advice, saying he stands by his decision.

It comes as Prime Minister John Key accused Labour leader David Shearer of being “hypocritical” in demanding Act leader John Banks be sacked while accepting his own MP Shane Jones’ word he had acted properly in the case.

Mr Shearer yesterday said he accepted Mr Jones’ assurances that he followed proper processes when he approved a citizenship application by William Yan, also known as Bill Liu, in 2008.

At the time, there was concern about Yan’s multiple identities and a warrant for his arrest in China.

Yan has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying immigration documents and his trial in the High Court at Auckland ended yesterday.

The judge is expected to make a reserved decision on Thursday.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    The reason this is corruption isn’t because jones benefited directly…it is because the LABOUR party benefited..and therefore jones. So they are all tarred by the same brush. Also ask the question, how many other times, no matter who was in power, did someone get residency and then citizenship, with a current criminal investigation pending in their home country??…I haven’t investigated it, but would suggest, including Mr Lui, you could count them on the fingers of one………………………….FINGER!!!!!!!!!!!

    • AnonWgtn

      Wasn’t Maryanne Somebody, friend of Helen Clark, prosecuted as a very senior Immigration Department Official, for effectively signing her rellies into New Zealand ?

  • cossackstomper

    I believe the Left must have taken down the one zb website after Shearer got owned by Larry Willams its still down as we speak. Probably The Standard one of them professes to be an IT nerd. That interview between Shearer and willams needs to be posted in as many places as possible. As it shows what an innept person Shearer is and he want to be Leader of this country. The hard left ,and the Cunnlife lovers will be wrining their hands together this morning , and plotting a barbecue for early spring

  • Coventry

    Great, yet another union flunky. It’s been very nice living in Maungakiekie not seeing Darth Sidious walking the streets – let’s hope it stays that way.

  • Paw prick

    Is this the same story Ian wishart broke in 2008 and nobody in the media did anything about?

  • Troy

    Beaumont would get in again anyway after Little is found guilty of defamation and removed from parliament as a list MP – one fucked up union prick replaced by an even more fucked up union bitch.

  • Oh dear wheels within wheels – conspiracy here back stabbing there – oh look its parliament as usual – just change the party involved to suit.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Exactly why Auntie Helen didn’t remove Winnie – she needed him to keep her minority government, but couldn’t stand him at the same time – so she shipped him off shore at every chance she could get… but Winnie didn’t enjoy the baubles of power though…. Yeah Right!

  • Tamati

    Have just heard on the news that Mr Jones granted Yan citizenship on humanitarian grounds.  I assume from that comment that Yan/Liu must have made an application for asylum/refugee status….

    • davcav

      If so, why wasn’t this mentioned before?

      Also, Shearer could kill 2 birds with one stone if he can implicate Cunliffe in all this as well…