Red Claire comments on Little’s lies

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Red Claire Trevett has commented on Lying Little’s attack on, and failure to apologise to, John Shewan:

The Shewan report should have been a major victory for Labour. It vindicated the party’s criticism of the foreign trust regime and embarrassed the Government for its reluctance to look into the regime. It should have provided weeks of fun for Labour rubbing Key’s nose in it.

Sure enough, Little leapt on it with glee, singing paeans of praise for Shewan, his report and “his formidable, technical tax brain” in Parliament.

Alas, Little had bitten the hand that feeds. Only two months earlier, Little had questioned the choice of Shewan to undertake the review and made incorrect comments about Shewan’s work for the Bahamas. Little made the comments in April and they featured prominently in the media – as did Shewan’s denial.

It was a shabby and outrageous attack. Labour and Andrew Little think they can say one thing one week and quite another several weeks later, and that no one will join the dots.

It was not until two months later, on a dozy Saturday afternoon a few hours before the All Blacks were due to take the field, that Little put out a statement in which he said he accepted Shewan’s assurances that the media report Little had based his comments on was wrong. It was a half-hearted and begrudging effort at putting things right.

But it seemed Little had got away with it – until this week when he also claimed Shewan had not asked for an apology. Shewan promptly corrected him, providing the email in which Shewan had indeed asked for an apology after Little’s delay in retracting the statement.

Now it was Little’s turn to take a spin on the head of the pin, his spokesman arguing Little had been referring to his initial conversation with Shewan rather than any subsequent correspondence.

As of yesterday there was still an unhappy Shewan, a stubborn Little refusing to apologise and come Question Time we found that after just one day, Labour had also dumped the topic of the Shewan report and foreign trust reforms from its list of things to embarrass the Government over.

Lying Little is now dancing on the head of a pin, as Red Claire says. He should apologise to John Shewan.


– NZ Herald

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