Comrade Vernon Small isn’t that pleased with Lying Little either

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Vernon Small is a man of the left; he goes through life looking thorough red tinted glasses.

He isn’t that impressed with Lying Little either.

Ok, it is no surprise that many of our elected representatives can be “economical with the truth”. Thus it was in the beginning ….

But you would think there was enough evidence from around the world of how tired voters are getting with politics as usual and with the insider games and rhetoric – of fudging, dissembling and “politics as usual”.

We had our own version in the MMP vote. Dumping first-past-the-post was not just about replacing an unrepresentative electoral system, but also about disciplining politicians from both sides of the aisle – over the head of their objections – for promising one thing and delivering another.

Insider-allergy was a key element in the rise of Donald Trump and the success of Bernie Sanders in the United States (though as evidence of the dangers of being economical with the truth? Maybe less compelling.)    

It also seems to have been a factor in the Brexit vote; an outcome that has delivered a result neither main party wanted but must now put in place for the United Kingdom – even as the backlash against the lies and exaggerations of both sides are coming back to haunt them.

Back home, Key and Little’s transgressions are less dramatic, but of the same ilk.

Little first.

At the Labour leader’s media stand-up on Tuesday he defended the cynical late-Saturday, pre-All Black test, timing of a press release in which accepted he was wrong in allegations he made against tax expert John Shewan.

He also insisted he had not been asked for an apology by Shewan – referencing his memory of their first face-to-face meeting. True as far as it went in relation to the first meeting, but ignoring Shewan’s later letter specifically seeking an apology. Misleading at best, as Shewan later pointed out.

That isn’t being economical with the truth; that is lying by omission. Worse, it was a lie that was easily proven by the release of John Shewan’s email to Lying Little asking for an apology.

Andrew Little isn’t fit to run a bath let alone a political party.


– Fairfax

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