I have nothing to apologise for

I see my good friend Dr Brian Edwards is all cock-a-hoop about Matthew Hooton choosing to apologise for calling David Cunliffe a liar on radio.


If we put aside the side-splitting irony of a corporate soldier of fortune hitman spin doctor choosing to apologise for lying to a career politician, I did find myself asking: “Why am I not apologising?”

I’ve stopped short of calling David Cunliffe a liar.  Or having lied about working on the formation of Fonterra while working for BGC.  Instead, I’ve asked lots of questions that have exposed David Cunliffe’s fanciful claims that litter his CV.

He’s gone into bat with a dodgy looking document that doesn’t have his name on it anywhere, from an organisation that he worked for over 14 years ago, and claims this is the documentary proof that he worked 8 hours on the formation of Fonterra, at best two years before Fonterra as a concept of conceived of.

Apart from the fact it clearly doesn’t link David Cunliffe to anything, it has always been heavily redacted since it was released.  And yes, forensic analysis carried out by a number of people have thrown up too many unanswered questions for me to back down from the idea the whole thing is a setup.

Why are the Media asleep on this?  

Are they so tired of getting easy hits off Labour that they’re giving Cunliffe a free pass here?

Even died-in-the-wool unionist leftie Willie Jackson had an uncharacteristic go at Cunliffe on his radio show last week.  Did Cunliffe lie on his CV?  Certainly not, Jackson was told.

Oh, but then perhaps he had seriously embellished it?

Once again, Cunliffe provided an outright denial to Jackson, who – although totally sympathetic to Cunliffe’s cause heard himself asking if Cunliffe’s claims that he had a degree from the Harvard Business School was widely claimed and reported for years, and was left to live as factual all this time?

There was a long beat of silence after Cunliffe, like Peter denying Jesus thrice, denied all lies, all embellishments and all convenient omissions of truth as a complete right wing beat up.

Perhaps the tide is changing?

Whereas we’ve dealt seriously to anyone who seeks employment in the public service by dodgy CVs, it appears there is an unspoken agreement on some level not to let these things stand in the way of someone’s career?

This, from the Tipline just now

In December 2011, Dawson provided NZ First and the Parliamentary Service  with a C.V. that claimed he held a B.A. from Victoria University. No supporting documentation was provided and no checks were undertaken to verify he had the degree.
Early this year he told people he was enrolled in a Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) at Massey University. He got leave from work in June to sit exams for it.
A check with Massey University found that Massey does not offer the MSS, although it does have a MA (Defence and Strategic Studies) programme. The trouble is, there are no exams for that degree. It’s likely he wasn’t even a student there. Dawson’s story simply didn’t stack up.
It now appears that he was using that as a cover story while he completed his B.A at Victoria. His degree was so recently conferred (August) that his name is still not on the Graduate Roll.
The Labour Leader’s Office won’t go near him with a barge pole now [I wonder why? – WO] but it seems Peters is desperate not to lose another staff member. Parliamentary Services are going to let him get away with a light slap on the wrist by the looks of it.

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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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