And meanwhile, Graham issues a press release celebrating the "exoneration" of his client.
It's quite a bizarre document.
It’s quite a peculiar document. It looks long and complete, but reads like a stream of consciousness by someone trying to tell a very long and boring story to avoid answering a few simple questions.
That's a very good description. I just kept thinking to myself "this is weird" as I read it.
The Chisholm report is littered with some very big holes. Note this part from Matt Nippert's original story:
The new documents appear to show PR consultant Graham paid Slater and Odgers to write dozens of posts attacking regulators and a possible witness.
In one email, Odgers said: "Remind him [Hotchin] he pays cam n I to f--- w FMA so he can focus on important things."
Another email appears to discuss plans to undermine the credibility of a potential witness in the Hanover investigation, property developer Tony Gapes.
Graham wrote in one email: "Just off ph to MH . . . Seems our friend Tony Gapes is thinking he's a bit of a star witness for the SFO against our man."
He added that Gapes "should have some sunlight shone on him. Enough to raise questions of credibility with the SFO".
That would be a conspiracy to intimidate a witness. Quite serious, no? Omitted from the report as outside its brief.
Chisholm also didn't bother to interview Odgers or Hotchin. He can't even bring himself to say Slater and Odgers were being paid for their attack campaign on Feeley, only that they were "engaged" by Graham, who was providing services to Hotchin. Good grief.
Summary: “Whaleoil was just bullshitting”?
Basically, yeah: "“[Collins’] understanding was that Mr Slater had manufactured a story and he wanted to believe it.”
It also confirms that Carrick Graham "engaged" Slater and Odgers as a paid service to Hotchin, and that that the police seem to have decided almost immediately that they wouldn't bother investigating David Parker's criminal complaint.
Lovely post. Eclipsed by Slatergate today, doubtless, but lovely nonetheless!
Thanks Rob. I knew it wasn't going to get 100 comments, but it felt like it needed to be written.
Aaaand ... here's the Collins SFO report.
What “interfaith dialogue” has that waste of oxygen ever engaged in beyond his fact-free pandering to homophobic evangelicals in South Auckland?
A fair question.
Maybe Toi Iti could help with information about Mahuta’s standing.
You’re asking a son of Tuhoe for comment on Tainui? ;-)
I only know that the name Mahuta carries weight.
Yep – that’s why her Dad called himself that :-)
This remarkably frank Herald obit captures both sides of Sir Robert. I think the difficult last years have been overtaken by the achievements in memories now.
If caucus rankings were solely based on parliamentary achievements, then Sue Bradford would be leader of the Greens.
Good point. In 18 years, Mahuta has had no obvious role in policy development, and has, one bill to her name, which failed at first reading. She hasn't been an attention-grabber, ever. I can't recall anything she said or did as Minister of Local Government, 2005-2008. But I was pleasantly surprised at her performance in the leadership campaign.
I’ve met Mahuta, and she seems intelligent and articulate, both good qualities have on the front bench. There is also the symbolic acknowledgement that Maori are (still) staunch supporters of Labour.
She's also an important link to the Kingitanga. I think that's probably very significant.
Who has responsibility for Broadcasting /Communications? It seems to rate so lowly these days,
Yes. And I agree with Geoff. It's a shame that such a portfolio is not highly-ranked by Labour.