Key, Panama and Trusts: the Media(works) party have gone full retard as well

Before I get to explain why, let me introduce someone. Meet Deborah. Deborah is a politician. She is a Labour party candidate. This isn’t a secret. A quick Google search delivers it all, like the following:




So, as you can see by Labour cheerleader Shane te Pou’s Tweet, Deborah was on the Paul Henry Show this morning. She was asked to comment on John Key, the Panama Papers and trusts.

According to her Twitter profile description, including “tax, economics, business”, she seems to be a qualified observer. Some may even call her an expert. The Paul Henry show certainly did.


Not only is she an “expert”, she was introduced as:

Deborah Russell, senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Accountancy, says the solutions to our foreign trust law problem are “obvious”, and the Government’s review is “a bit of a cover-up” that will achieve nothing.

As you can guess by now, Dan Satherly never exposes the fact she is Labour through and through, that she’s running as a Labour candidate and that she is, above all else, an aspiring Labour politician.

That puts quite a different slant on her “expertise”, don’t you think?

The thing is, this has to be a deliberate omission.

Ironically, Deborah herself said on the program:

“It walks like a duck, it talks like a duck — it is a tax haven, alright? There’s no doubt about it.”

That’s the expert for you.

Well, using the same solid academic and expert-like reasoning,?”If it walks like a duck, it talks like a duck — it is a media party snow job, alright? There’s no doubt about it.”

Imagine for a moment if the Paul Henry Show had asked me to come on to comment on something, say, like the Auckland Council cost of re-cladding a building. ?Do you think for one moment, Dan Satherly would have written an article titled:

“Auckland Council spending out of control – Expert”

Or do you think it would have read: “Right-wing blogger Cameron Slater mocks Auckland Council spending”?

The Media party almost always qualify their right-wing commentators, and almost never do so with their left ones.

It’s one thing to introduce someone like Matthew Hooton as a “commentator on the right”, as that is probably as gentle as it gets. But to drag on a died-in-the-wood Labour party insider, omit to mention this, and then sell her as an expert on international trust law stands out like dog balls.

The lust to drag John Key down over trust law, that was “fixed” twice by Labour and has been unchanged under National, has become irrational and the Media party have jumped into bed with Andrew Little.

Like backing Mr Seven Percent is a winning strategy.

Dr Russell says she has no doubt about Mr Shewan’s expertise in the minutiae of tax law, but doesn’t think he’s the right man for the job.

“There are ethical and moral issues here. It’s not about anything illegal; it’s about whether the law’s being pushed too far and we’re ethically compromised. I’m not sure that that’s what John’s going to be focusing on.”

In addition to tax, Dr Russell specialises in ethics — she says a truly neutral academic would have been a better choice to take a look at not just the legality of our trust laws, but how they’re being used. Mr Shewan is a former PricewaterhouseCoopers chairman.

Dr Deb will go far. Please note that her expertise in “ethics” is nowhere on her profile. The ethics of representing herself as an independent academic speaks for itself.


– “News”hub