The last time Labour spun an A-G report it didn’t go so well for them

Neither the reports into David Benson-Pope nor Philip Field went the way of the spin and eventually both men were axed from Labour.

Philip Field was of course axed for daring to suggest he stand as an independent rather than for his corruption. To this day Labour has never said anything officially about Philip Field other than they respect the judgement of the court.

Meanwhile Labour are spinning and leaking the draft A-G report into Jones and Cunliffe like a top…not a good sign that he is cleared.

In fact the media have been back-pedalling quickly ever since the first reports were shopped to them:  

A report by the Auditor-General into Labour MP Shane Jones’ handling of an immigration case does not reach a ‘black and white’ conclusion, sources say.

In 2008 the former Cabinet minister decided to grant Chinese billionaire Bill Liu citizenship, against the advice of officials.

The case blew up last year when Liu appeared in court, charged with passport fraud. He was cleared, but the subsequent furore saw Labour leader David Shearer demote Jones, and call for the report.

Media today reported that Jones had been cleared by the probe. That would pave the way for his return to the front bench.

But a source who has seen the report, has warned the watchdog’s conclusions were not straightforward in exonerating Jones.

“Those matters are a question of degree, and I would refrain from rushing to judgement … the arguments are quite complex,” the source said.

Another source agreed, saying the report is not “unequivocal”.

I actually feel sorry for Jones, who was no doubt acting under orders. Cunliffe made sure he had plenty of official advice to cover his arse.

The main perpetrators in all this have left parliament now.


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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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