Orchestrated wailing

National MP Chester Borrows has been charged with injuring two protesters with a car in his local electorate.

The Deputy Speaker and Whanganui MP on Tuesday confirmed he faces a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury to two people outside the Collegiate Motor Inn in March.

Cabinet minister Paula Bennett was also in the car that was caught on camera allegedly coming into contact with TPP protesters in a driveway as it slowly pulled out onto the road.

Mr Borrows said in a statement he intended to defend the charges but would not make any further comment.

What a ridiculous “technical” charge.

It was set up to capture video, with the old bag calling out if anyone got it on camera.

If police had been doing their job instead of standing there hands on hips the problem wouldn’t have happened. 

Tuesday Dec 20, 2005:

Police have found that [Labour] Health Minister Pete Hodgson committed a technical assault when he grabbed Madeleine Flannagan’s arm during a political protest at the University of Otago in September, but will not be charging him.

Both Mrs Flannagan and Mr Hodgson say they are happy with the results of the police investigation.

In a two-paragraph statement last night, Dunedin/Clutha area commander Inspector Dave Campbell said no further action would be taken.

“Due to the minor nature of the incident, the intervention of the criminal law was not warranted.”

When contacted at her Dunedin home last night, Mrs Flannagan said she was “stoked”.

“I never claimed it was a serious assault.

“The report vindicates me because it says an assault happened and what I said was true.”

So why do Police only charge National ministers?  Pete Hodgson wasn’t charged at all.

For a technical assault.


– NZ Herald

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