No evidence to support Labour’s dirty smear, Nasty party returns in force

Labour’s reputation for being the Nasty party was once again confirmed with Trevor Mallard nasty smear in parliament yesterday.

His leader has failed to back up the smear as well, taking the coward’s way out on breakfast television.

NBR reports:

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Labour leader David Cunliffe has failed to produce any evidence to back the insinuation that Judith Collins’ family received $500,000 from Oravida.

Yesterday in Parliament, as Labour’s Grant Robertson was asking Ms Collins why she made alleged changes to her Beijing itinerary to favour Oravida over ministerial business, Trevor Mallard yelled “Half a million dollars to the family”.

Ms Collins —  whose husband David Wong-Tung is an Oravida director — objected to the comment, and Speaker David Carter ejected Mr Mallard from the debating chamber.

This morning on TV3’s Firstline, Mr Cunliffe was asked if Labour had any evidence to back the $500,000 claim.

“One of the rules of Privilege is that what’s said in the House stay in the House, so I can’t really comment on that,” the Labour leader replied.  

Parliamentary Privilege allows MPs to make accusations without fear of legal action.

Ms Collins has asked Mr Mallard to withdraw his claim. The Labour MP has challenged Ms Collins to prove it is not correct.

Mr Cunliffe would not provide any more detail, or even comment on whether it had been appropriate for Mr Mallard to make the claim.

The Labour leader said there was “more to come” on the Justice Minister’s relationship with Oravida.

Ms Collins faces Question Time in Parliament again this afternoon before taking a week’s “refresher”.

More to come? Heard it all before…there is nothing and Labour is resorting ti scurrilous smears which is true to form for the Nasty party.

Yesterday any traction Labour had on the issue was eroded instantly to nothing by Mallard’s actions.

Coupled with Grant Robertsons lies to the house as well they have bombed their attacks.

Labour have proven themselves to be nasty, petty, wrong and unfit for government.


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