Howard Broad

Random Impertinent Questions

Just exactly what sort of dirt did Howard have on Gerry and Simon?

Why did John Key support them?

How can someone be put forward for a gong when they were still in the job in February when nominations closed?

Is this corruption?

Why does National always reward its enemies?

What do Pike River, Howard Broad and the Red Zone all have in common?

How are they going to chase votes in Auckland when their party list ignores Auckland?

When will Metiria Turei stop telling lies and making shit up about MMP?

Was a Swiss Ball used while they were “hanging” together?

It took 266 days from Richard Worth’s resignation till the Police closed the investigation, so why are Labour calling for a quicker conclusion for Darren Hughes when only 73 days have elapsed since he fell on his sword/was pushed?

Why did they travel to New York together in 2009?

Why did Darrren Hughes use a ministerial car for the same trip with Paul Henry?

Why are tax-payers paying for Chris Carter’s travel for a job interview?

Why did Chris Carter tell anyone who would listen in the Koru Club that he spent 3 weeks with Helen on holiday?

Were you just a little bit sick in you mouth with the news?

 

Txts from New York

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Txts from New York - Helen and Howard chat

 

Be part of the solution or you are part of the problem

Rob Pope has thrown a hissy fit and petulantly resigned effectively at the end of his contract in April.

The man who led some of New Zealand’s biggest investigations is walking away from the police in the wake of a damning report into the force’s culture.

Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Pope announced his retirement today, saying it was in the interests of police that he not re-apply for his position.

He got the last bit right. He finally has got the message that his face doesn’t fit. He has ended a reign of terror and blackmail against his fellow cops with his resignation. There are many in the Police who will be sighing with relief that it is pretty much all over now. Howard Broad leaving at the same time will complete the start of a change of culture within the Police.

I say a start because after the damning PWC report into Police culture it is clear that there needs to be changes. Predictably Howard borad is upset, but he is one of the main problems that exists within the Police and its culture issues.

Police Commissioner Howard Broad says the force has turned a corner towards blanket intolerance of poor performance and sexual misconduct, despite a report criticising its bosses as lacking courage and – according to one officer – living in “bullshit castle”.

The independent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, released last night, follows a warning from Police Minister Judith Collins this month to senior officers to speed up culture change.

Both Rob Pope and Howard Broad made the fatal, for their careers, error of thinking that Judith Collins could be ignored. She has now successfully picked off the scabs that have been holding back rejuvenation in the Police. Sensibly she appointed someone to replace Howard Broad who is actually well liked, isn’t work shy, and is a copper cop to run the Police.

My bet is now that the Minister will focus her gaze upon the loafers, work-shy and indigent in the Police force, right down to Sergeant level.

Some officers were “poisoning the well”, the report said. It noted a disconnection between head office and frontline staff, with one officer saying “the commissioner and all his mates at ‘bullshit castle’ at headquarters should get back on the street and get a reality check”.

My advice to her targets is sharpen up or go easily. I would also advise Greg O’Connor to resist the urge to act like a typical union and actually embrace the changes coming because they are good for the police in the long run and it is always better to be part of the solution than part of the problem. You only need to look at Rob pope and Howard Broad to find out what happens to those that are part of the problem.

It is high time that the Police earned back the respect of the population, a good start along that road to recovery would be the sacking of useless cops and restore the professionalism and confidence of the remainder.

More cops being attacked

In my previous post I talked about citizens defending themselves, and while I was away in the bush there was yet another case of our Police are being attacked with weapons.

Two police officers ran for their lives when a routine callout resulted in a man allegedly chasing them with a metre-long samurai sword.

The officers were responding to reports of a man lying naked and drunk on the front lawn of an Otara property.

The incident comes after four separate attacks on New Zealand police officers this month – two involving machetes.

Police Commissioner Howard Broad suggested the machete assaults could be copycat attacks.

Two things are abundantly clear.

Firstly that criminals think that it is now a valid response to interest in them from the constabulary is for them to attack them with sharp, lethal instruments. The liberal panty-waists like Simon Power and his ilk will of course think the solution is for them to pass a law banning sharp weapons and making it illegal to attack Police. They ignore the fact that criminals don’t follow laws and in some respects we already have those laws in place. Banning sharp weapons will further dis-arm the general, law-abiding population, allowing criminals to have even more control over them. The answer is actually to arm our Police and stop pretending wer are living in the crime free fantasy land that inhabits Simon Power‘s and other panty-waists minds.

The second thing that we need to understand here is that if criminals are quite prepared to attack Police officers then they of course are completely willing to similarly attack a largely unarmed population without out fear of retribution or injury. Ordinary citizens are left to call on the Police for protection when it is abundantly clear that the Police are ill-equipped to defend even themselves.

The hard questions need to be asked and politicians need to step up or get out of the way.

Of course what is not mentioned is the underlying cause of all this mayhem. I bet dollars to a knob of goat-sh*t that methamphetamine abuse is the common link in all of these attacks. With long-term use the ability to reason and rationalise is destroyed…that is why you get these nutters going psycho on the Police with weapons…they have lost the ability to reason. They also know that mostly the Police are not equipped to deal with such attacks. Arming the Police would firstly protect the officers, and secondly provide a necessarily scary deterrent to shock even the most P-addled criminal into thinking twice about taking a knife to a gunfight.

The pinko panty-waists will now say that criminals will simply carry guns. Newflash…they already are…and guess what? They don’t have licences and aren’t vetted and sure as hell don’t keep their weapons safely locked away. All that only happens with law abiding citizens.

Give him the flick, now

In the dying days of his less than stellar career as Helen Clark’s lickspittle commissioner, Howard Broad, has taken to utttering complete nonsense.

Mr Broad said the “traditional model of policing” had “delivered a wave of criminals in to the system – an absolute wave”. He told reporters prison was for “serious offenders”.

“It’s tempting to use prison as a minor, intermediate sort of sanction.

“But the evidence seems to be that the `university of the prison’ is a fact and it exists and that we should do everything we can to avoid people going down that track.

“One of the worst things that you can do for an emerging young offender is to group them together with other emerging young offenders. The whole idea is actually preventing crime in the first place.”

Oh righto…it’s prison’s fault that criminals are there?

Judith Collins needs to put this fool on gardening leave. His solution to policing seems to be very Monty Python.

Clayton Cosgrove seems to be very dim too…he is still harping on about police numbers even after getting comprehensively slapped around by Judith Collins in the house on this very issue.

Compare and Contrast

Time for a Compare and Contrast.

Judith Collins is perhaps the most popular Police Minister ever. My sources in the Police say her support is nigh on 100%.  Her working relationship with the coppers on the beat and the with the Police Association is at record highs, and her nobbling of PNHQ has met with wide-spread approval.

On almost every issue she has been in step with the thinking of the people in the street as well.

Her latest success is supporting the introduction something that is popular with 60% of New Zealanders.

All police should carry guns, almost 60 per cent of the public and more than 70 per cent of officers believe, a poll shows.

Police Minister Judith Collins said this week that she would support all patrol vehicles carrying pistols in lockboxes. Police Commissioner Howard Broad is preparing a report into arming police officers and will make recommendations at the end of the year. Both have said they don’t favour beat officers routinely being armed.

Last night the Police Association issued a poll it commissioned which said 72 per cent of all association members supported general arming. Asked if they supported it two years ago, 47 per cent were in favour.

The survey showed 58 per cent of the public also supported general arming. Association president Greg O’Connor said the results were no surprise.

The association, holding its 75th annual conference in Wellington this week, endorsed a motion “to support general arming of all sworn New Zealand police officers”.

Our police are increasingly coming up against armed and dangerous criminals. We can no longer delude ourselves that our police shouldn’t be armed.

Now contrast that with the high-handed and petulant attitude of Justice Minister Simon Power. FIGJAM has enraged the blogosphere with his bizarre tilt at trying to impose Hugo Chavez (that is now an alternate nickname) type controls on new media. He has ensured  a uniting of the blogosphere where we will go all out to explain how unpopular he is, no matter our loyalties. Right,Left and Centre are going to  make it their business to see this out of touch control freak of minister unseated.

Witness the attacks that have started;

Bomber at Tumeke – National Government shouldn’t empower BSA to gag bloggers

And I think there isn’t much issue with that, Cam got righteously nailed by the Courts recently as the Judiciary stamped its authority on-line, issues regarding trials and suppression orders aren’t controversial expansions of power, but it’s this next part that is the danger…

He said there should be one set of rules for all news media, and the review – by the Law Commission – would look at extending the powers of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and/or the Press Council to cover new media.

…which means Simon Power wants to force the same gag rules of ‘balance’ used in the mainstream onto the blogosphere. The BSA can go fuck itself if it wants to try and enforce it’s narrow view of what can be said and what can not be said because decisions by a political board as to what can be said on-line are not warranted or needed

MacDoctor – Go Fer Yer Guns, Power!

The central error that you make, Mr. Power, is contained in your second sentence. You call bloggers “news media”. News Media? Very few bloggers actually deliver much in the way of news. We do not have the resources for this. What we deliver is opinion. And I am afraid, Mr. Power, that if you don’t like my opinion, then tough bikkies…

There is a word for regulation of opinion: censorship. New Zealand is a free society precisely because I can call you an idiot, Mr Power, and not be shot at dawn by your goons. If I wish to call you stronger words than that, I may bump up against a law or two, and that is sufficient to maintain the distinction between free speech and decent speech. You do not need artificial standards except perhaps to cushion certain soft politician egos.

Talking about “professional and ethical standards” and bloggers in the same breath is laughable. Sure, we already follow a set of unwritten and un-enforcable rules, but these will never be “standards” in any bureaucratic, measurable way. And the outrageous, unethical behaviour of some bloggers is what makes them entertaining. Bit like Paul Henry, really – oh, wait…

The point being is that the blogosphere thrives because it is a “wild west”. All you will get with regulation is that the wilder ones will clash with your regulations or, much more likely, will go quite feral. By this, I mean that they will use software that hides their ID(easily obtainable from Warez sites) and move their sites to countries with less restriction. They will then proceed to snipe at you from inaccessible places with information that, at best, will be embarrassing and, at worst, horribly destructive.

Recall what happened to the US marshals that tried to tame the West, Mr. Power – they were shot down in large numbers. Recall that the West was not subdued by the application of law but by the maturation of the society. Be patient and wait. Bloggers come and go. The Fail Whale reigns supreme. Facebook seems to be sliding into a black hole of flash applications. Eventually this will all sort itself out into a new society. I doubt if it will be as polite as you wish, Mr Power, but at least there will be less cowboys…

Not PC – Cry “Power-Lust” and let rip the censorship of the blogosphere

While most eyes here and round the world were on the miner miracle in Chile, a speech in the House by Simon Power-Lust this afternoon signalled (if anyone were looking) that things ahead are looking ominous for bloggers.

Cameron Slater’s tilt against name suppression did eventually earn him a partial victory. But as I said when Cameron, akaWhale Oil, was given his lumps earlier by Justice Harvey, that decision was very much not a victory for free speech—becausein his bewailing the lack of official “oversight” of the blogosphere, Harvey was floating a trial balloon to which Power-Lust this afternoon gave motive power by asking Jeffrey Palmer’s inveterately lemon-sucking Law Commission “to review the adequacy of regulations around how the internet interacts with the justice system.”

In other words, to begin drawing up plans for full regulation of the blogosphere by bureaucrats like Jeffrey—who has never seen a committee, board or tribunal he hasn’t wanted to join.

We may continue to post what we like and what we think. For the moment.  But all that will stop when Jeffrey Palmer and Simon Power-Lust—men who look at the freedom of the blogosphere and see only a “Wild West” that needs manacles—men between them who have a face that needs punching and an ego that needs puncturing—bring in the very shackles on we bloggers that Justice Harvey’s 70-page decision presaged.

This is how easily censorship comes to a country.

Who now will rise up in protest?

It seems quite a few of us Peter. See above and now the links below.

Government looking at further regulation of speech on the Internet – Thomas Beagle, TECH LIBERTY
”These is no mention in the press release of the freedom of expression guaranteed to New Zealanders in the Bill of Rights Act. Nor is there any recognition that many forms of old media such as leaflets, posters and books are also unregulated…”
Eff Off, Power! – CRUSADER RABBIT
”…this, in a socialist country where the MSM are no more than lickspittles pushing government propaganda and recycling handouts!  No wonder this little statist creep wants blogs to conform to the same standards’.”
High Noon – ROAR PRAWN
”…who in tarnation advised him to set about making the bloggers and online community the enemy?”
From The Hood : Absolutist Simon Power Corrupts Absolutely – Lyndon Hood, WEREWOLF
”Simon is so powerful nobody’s allowed to argue with him..”
Internet no wild west – lawyer – NBR
“I don’t agree internet is the Wild West,” Rick Shera told NBR…

Idiot/Savant – No Right Turn – Against regulating the blogosphere

These are all things worth looking at, because the law needs to keep up with the technology (if it can). But Power is fundamentally mistaken about two things. First, he’s fundamentally mistaken in thinking bloggers should be treated as if they were professionals, because we simply aren’t. The typical blogger is a private individual mouthing off on the internet. Some of us know a little about what we are mouthing off about, some of us don’t – but fundamentally, its no different from people talking in a cafe. The government wouldn’t dream of trying to regulate and force “professional standards” on that, and rightly so. So why is it trying to regulate and force professional standards on the same conversations in the blogosphere? It smacks of another example of the old problem of things being suddenly scarier the moment you attach the word “internet” to them.

Secondly, the claim that we are not subject to any form of regulation is simply false. As a blogger, I’m subject to exactly the same laws as Power is in issuing his press releases. If I defame someone, I can be sued. If I publish objectionable material, I can be prosecuted. If I breach a court suppression order, I can be fined. Rather than showing that the blosophere is a “wild west”, the recent Whale Oil case showed that the law is perfectly capable of dealing with it.

The problem for the justice system isn’t the blogosphere, but the net’s combination of strong anonyminity and a free market in legal jurisdictions. The same technology that allows human rights activists to hide from the Iranian regime and circumvent the Great Firewall of China also allows people to read or post or host information which undermines our justice system. It could be used, for example, to set up a website whose sole function is to violate New Zealand suppression orders. If located in the right jurisdiction, such a site could never be taken down at source. It could never be effectively blocked – “the net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it” is an old saw, but its also true (in that such blocks are also fundamentally ineffective). And unless the authors were very, very stupid, they would never be caught.

But there’s nothing the government can do about that. Nothing. The collective minds of the world’s most powerful dictatorships can’t stop it, so I doubt New Zealand could. More importantly, adding new laws does nothing to help. The problem is not that such behaviour wouldn’t be illegal, its that we now have reliable technological means to not get caught.

But the blogosphere isn’t in that space. Its already subject to existing laws. And those laws seem to generally be up to the task. We don’t need new ones.

Pedobear Power on Q+A

Pedobear Power on Q+A

You know you are in trouble with a political position when left, right and centre attack you. When Bomber, Idiot/Savant, MacDoctor, Peter Cresswell and Whaleoil all agree on something then you know that what they say is right and what the politician says is dead wrong. Simon Power is about to find out what a united blogosphere will do to his silly proposition to limit our freedoms.

One wonders what meds FIGJAM is taking, on a day when Bill English had some good news to release, Simon Power goes and takes his limelight. If he thinks the new media will lie down while he attempts to impose Chinese style limits on our freedom of opinion then he is sadly mistaken. We marched in the streets over the Electoral Finance Act, and DOF and I ran a bill board campaign against the law.

Simon Power is heading for a similar campaign that will be brought up close and personal in Rangitikei. If he thinks that won;t work then he should look very carefully at what happened to Andrew Williams. Because right now he is next on the list. When you add on his refusal to look at introducing  a NZ version of Megan’s Law, then you get the picture that Simon Power is a friend of criminals, pedophiles and other assorted scum.

We need politicians that will govern for the people not for the liberal elite and their cotton-wool view of the world.

Parting gift from Chief Wiggum

Howard Broad parties it up

Howard Broad parties it up

It is no secret that Chief Wiggum Howard Broad has no friends at the Police Association and therefore no surprise that Chief Wiggum left the little landmine of his opinion about licencing of police bars.

What Chief Wiggum didn’t tell the media though in his little spin-fest was that he once got so hammered at a police bar he once tried to fly….down a bannister. He broke several limbs. Now he wants to “comply” police bars. That’s a little hypocritical of Chief Wiggum I think.

I think the Police, Fire Service and Armed Forces should keep their bars but let’s have a little more circumspect behaviour on the premises.

The  main problem from what I hear, is that they (the Police) cover up all the damage, be it to the person, the cost or the premises.

It’s not really ok for half of them might be pissed at 9am in the morning – and oh I don’t know slide down bannisters or even shoot a hole in the wall playing Quick Draw McGraw …. the list goes on, I could be here all day, but it isn’t the point.

One thing though that Crusher cold do to help the Police is to install a container bed or 10 at the station so they can crash (or maybe some of these), fireman are fine they have beds, so do the army, navy and the bryl-creem boys, the problem seems to be the police. That way they won’t go home crashing into innocent citizens.

The point is there probably needs to be some transparency surrounding those who enforce the law and how they act in their own bars. We don’t mind cops and such having their bars but they have to behave within the law that they are upholding.

One wag said to me that they’d sure as hell like to see someone, anyone, try and shut down the SAS bar on base.

I think Judith Collins had it right when she said;

“Cabinet has decided that the exemption for our defence, fire service and police should remain,” said Police Minister Judith Collins.

All this fuss seems to be just a parting gift to the Police Association from Chief Wiggum, it’s a pity he wasn’t smart enough to avoid standing on the landmine he set. He really should just STFU and retire without another word. His time is over, and we can all thank the Lord for that.

I can flyyyyyyyyy!

The Dompost Editorial kicks of my story nicely.

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Crusher 2 – 0

The most effective minister in the National government would have to be Judith Collins.

Everything she has said she would deliver she has, including two heads on a plate for each of her departments.

First Howard Broad announced his retirement, just in the nick of time, so he could put his spin on getting the arse by the Minister and now Barry Matthews takes one in the chook as well.

Barry Matthews - Shot by Judith Collins 2010

Corrections Department boss Barry Matthews is set to retire at the end of the year.

The department began advertising yesterday for a new chief executive, the Dominion Post reported.

Matthews came under fire early last year following a report into the department’s handling of the parole system.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins demanded accountability over the failures, reported by the Auditor-General Kevin Brady, and refused to say she had confidence in Matthews.

A spokeswoman for the department said he would step down “by the end of the year”.

Judith Collins is a patient and careful hunter of the common or garden variety of the Vacuus Civilis Vernula.
I think she needs to conduct training for the other ministers in hunting the elusive Vacuus Civilis Vernula.

Is Comeskey in hiding now?

SST journalist Jonathan Marshall keeps delivering the goods. Today’s victim is Chris Comeskey and I just bet he is on the run tonight.

The main part of the article is about his dodgy dealing with legal aid, but the second half outlines a little bit of history and some revelations that my contacts tell me have quite possibly put Chris Comeskey on a list.

Waiouru Medals theftDESPITE THE fact his role in returning the war medals catapaulted Comeskey on to centre stage, many close to him believe it was the worst thing that happened to him. “The fact of the matter is he accomplished what no one else could, and that was getting those medals back,” says a friend. “Instead he was pilloried.”

The public welcomed the safe return of the national treasures but bristled at the fact it was achieved by paying the culprits a $200,000 reward.

Comeskey’s role in the negotiations cast him in an unfavourable light to many, highlighting his extensive underworld connections and unsavoury contacts, raising a question mark for some over his integrity.

The lawyer made no secret of his displeasure at being uninvited from the official ceremony marking the return of the medals. But he has been less transparent about what benefits, if any, he stood to gain.

The official amount is $200,000, but my understanding from my sources is Comeskey only coughed a hundy to the gang connections and told them that the media reports were wrong. Now Jonathan Marshal has documents to show that Comeskey cut a deal for $200,000 for the crims and $15,000 for himself.

In February 2008, he dismissed an on-air suggestion by Close Up host Mark Sainsbury that he should have got a slice of the reward money, saying: “I would not have wanted to benefit from it. In fact, if there wasn’t a reward, I would have been quite happy to fund the return of the medals myself.

The Sunday Star-Times has obtained a two-page contract between Comeskey and Police Commissioner Howard Broad that shows the lawyer was to be paid a fee for his services up to $15,000 for returning the medals, something that came as a surprise to Hirschfeld. “I had no idea of that at all. He never gave the impression he benefited financially.”

Whoopsy, caught lying. Strike one, lied about his fee. Does that mean he lied about how much the Commissioner coughed too?

On TV3 that same evening, Comeskey had told John Campbell: “I never once asked for immunity, I didn’t want to place the police in that position…I made it plain to the people I was dealing with that I could not advise them on how to avoid or escape detection.

But official documents quote Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Bensemann, the officer in charge of the case, saying Comeskey “suggested various possibilities in exchange for the return of the medals, including immunity from prosecution and ceasing the investigation”.

Whoopsy, caught lying again. Strike two, lied about the immunity, perhaps he lied about the amount as well?

My sources in the crime world tell me that Comeskey might well find himself on a list he really would rather not be on. Stiffing gang members of their rewards isn’t the smartest thing in the world to do, even if you are their lawyer. The police don’t take kindly to fraud and the gangs even less so.