Nasty Tamati calls McClay corrupt

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Tamati Coffey, bar owner, former weatherman and Labour Party windbag for Rotorua, has gone full retard on Rotorua MP Todd McClay.

You know those Panama Papers that tell people Aotearoa is a great place to launder money?

The NZ Herald has highlighted in the link below how Todd McClay put the IRD’s last review of foreign trusts and their taxes on ice, coincidently around the time John Key’s personal lawyer lobbied for him to do so.

A review that would’ve stopped our global embarrassment in the Panama Papers should it have been allowed to continue.

Mr McClay says the idea he was influenced by his boss’s lawyer “is insulting”, however when you read the corruption trail below, you’ll think being told it’s insulting is the insulting part.

Let us set the scene. John Key’s lawyer approached John Key to lobby on behalf of his business and industry. John Key said his lawyer should really talk to the Minister responsible, in this case Todd McClay. It appears the lawyer did so.

Five months later the review John Key’s lawyer was concerned about was put on ice. The reason? IRD had higher priorities.

Mr Coffey wants us to believe there was a “corruption trail” and, by extension, Todd McClay acted corruptly. This is a very serious allegation and Tamati must learn if he wants to play in the big league he has to be able to back these things up.

As it stands it is obvious from the reports why the review was put on ice. After all, what should IRD’s priorities be if not to maximize value for New Zealand?

Shutting down tax evasion by offshore trusts would gain New Zealand very little in revenue. If we are a haven as is claimed, the trusts are here only because of the loopholes. It isn’t like the country would be into a windfall if it tackled this problem. Meanwhile our taxation system faces much bigger systemic issues, such as GST in the age of the internet, corporate tax and general compliance issues.

Is Labour saying Todd McClay as then Minister of Revenue should have gone on a joyride dealing with foreign trusts when there were much bigger fish to fry elsewhere? Should he have turned his back on these other issues (which really are issues)?

Or is Tamati Coffey promising as an MP that he would nitpick and do nothing effectual?

Todd McClay has said the idea that he was influenced five months before by John Key’s lawyer is “insulting”.

For most of us Tamati’s stupidity in throwing this mud around is insulting. How low as a wannabe candidate can you go?

One thing he has to learn, though, is never go full retard…because, when you accuse people – like some of his commenters have, of crimes such as money laundering, then you really open yourself and your commenters up for a defamation action. On top of that he’s called John Key and Todd McClay corrupt, which is another defamatory allegation.

Whilst a hard-left hate-speech blogger might get away with calling the PM and his minister corrupt and accusing them of crimes, an aspiring politician really should be mindful of the law.

 

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