The left have gone full retard; never go full retard

With the backdrop of a terrible poll result for the left, they are now desperate to pin the Panama Papers on John Key.

Somehow.

So, John Key has decided to have an independent enquiry into our tax laws to take the sting out of it.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw said National were in damage limitation mode.

“He hasn’t admitted that there is a problem, he said that they are hiring an international expert to tell us if there is a problem. I think we are past that stage.

“Last week we had the unedifying spectacle of the Prime Minister denying that New Zealand was being used as a tax haven, whereas everyone from Inland Revenue, Transparency International and a whole group of international experts were saying that there was [a problem].”

Shaw said he hoped meaningful changes might come from any expert’s review, however the Green Party wanted an open inquiry into the issue.

Shaw is right in as much that the enquiry is simply a device to take the issue off the front page. Nothing to see here, and I won’t pre-empt the results of the independent enquiry.   The Greens are the first to call for independent enquiries on everything, including what the Prime Minister had for dinner. But when they don’t call for it, then it’s an ass-covering exercise.

But Andrew Little managed to find a way to go even more retard than Shaw.  

Labour leader Andrew Little said a full, independent inquiry was needed. New Zealand’s reputation was being “sullied around the world” because of the revelations, Little said.

“One tax expert isn’t going to solve this, especially one appointed by a Prime Minister who doesn’t think hiding their finances behind tax free funds is morally wrong.

“A full inquiry must instead assure New Zealanders that everyone pays their fair share and that we are not part of an international tax evasion racket.” …

Little suggested the Prime Minister might have something to hide, saying he was “far too cagey” when asked by media if he had ever used a tax haven for his finances.

“He needs to clear this up and quickly. He must come clean if he has directly or indirectly benefitted [SIC] from funds in a tax haven. The last thing our international reputation needs is for rumours to swirl around our Prime Minister’s tax affairs.”

The louder he stamps his feet, the higher the chance that the Media party won’t bring up Mr Seven Percent’s party poll ratings in the 20s… But the Media party march on, hand in hand with their Labour and Green friends:

The “Panama Papers”, the document trove is the largest ever of its kind and is said to reveal how “heads of state, criminals and celebrities”hide their assets offshore.

“The cache of 11.5 million records shows how a global industry of law firms and big banks sells financial secrecy to politicians, fraudsters and drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars,” says the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which spent a year analysing the leaked papers.

About 60,000 of these documents are believed to relate to New Zealand and more details are beginning to emerge.

Prime Minister John Key has come under increasing pressure to act because of New Zealand being described as a “tax haven” in some international media Last week he repeatedly insisted that trust laws had been unchanged since 1988 and no tweaks were required.

The only pressure has come from the media who are happily channelling the retarded whining from Little.

 

– nobody has the courage to put their name to that piece, NZ Herald


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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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