Posts by martinb

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to SteveH,

    but still was reasonable to expect that he may have heard of her capabilities through her volunteer work with the council and other community groups.

    All these potentials for unethical behaviour in my opinion fall well short of the the threshold for resignation from a position. This would be an over reaction.

    But as Russell kind of notes- it seems to be more down to how the National party chooses to handle this one, almost, rather than Brown, as to how it will play out. It would also be important to see who has leverage over Brown from this incident and how his ability to be mayor is affected. Metro was close to giving him Brownlee like omnipotence and importance. How will that change?

    EDIT: sorry sorry Lillith- it's a common expression! but bad timing after the McCarten thing.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?,

    I think this is a lesser crime than that of Nick Smith pressuring ACC over Bronwyn Pullar.

    In a public precedent Smith had to stand down, but really is now back and not much has changed with his career. He is still a senior minister charged with fractious portfolios and tough campaigns.

    In the case of Pullar, Smith used Ministerial letterhead in an attempted to go around procedure and directly invoke the Minister's support. Len Brown was one of 5 references from well known community leaders. The normal procedure of the reference was followed and as far as we know he didn't go above and beyond what is normal procedure.

    We will have to wait on the others, but as we have seen Ms Chuang was a great networker and Brown was not the only influential person who helped her.

    Brown's is one voice among several backing Chuang for a job she was qualified and had experience to suggest she could do.

    It is unethical as the nature of the relationship isn't clear, but as we have seen with Nick Smith it shouldn't be a hanging offence. As far as we have seen so far, Brown didn't give her a job, or create a job for her, he gave her his support through the correct channels.

    How Brown does his pennance will be the question, as it seems he still so far retains the support of the community in his role of mayor, if they perhaps think a bit less of him personally and his integrity has taken a hit.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    though: lets be honest as well as news junkies- the complexity of the story and explosiveness of the story has been a bit exhilirating compared to the berms of last week.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    The other thing that really annoyed me was Palino after the election not congratulating Len Brown after a truly resounding win, but saying how worried he was for Auckland and blaming the media etc etc which was essentially saying that he had no respect for the voters.

    And then this happens a day or two later.

    A bit 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' really.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to Russell Brown,

    sorry- I was being a little sarcastic, which doesn't always translate in text! I think you your comment has picked up the nub of what I was saying exactly.

    And I see that that discussion, which I started reading pages back has well and truly been had...

    It's quite a stretch to potray the Slaters as somehow victims here.

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to "chris",

    I thought good on his daughters. They don't want to see some bs concern over their well being destroy all of their fathers hard work, especially from a piece of work like Slater. If every man and his dog are allowed to come out and say 'oh his poor wife and children, he must resign' they certainly are allowed to put their view out there. And good on them.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    though someones probably already said this, yes the main thing out of all of this is that Brian Rudman should be very very ashamed. Astute analysis

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  • Hard News: The Crazy Gang Nation,

    Only their purpose is mad…
    or is it the other way around?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Police Investigation…,

    Try these:

    'In Zimbabwe police have raided newspaper offices after the Prime Minister made a complaint about journalists. The ruling party alleged the journalist was a member of an opposition party attempting to smear the government..."

    "In Zimbabwe a government minister previously granted extraordinary powers to deal with an emergency rebuild has questioned the need to protect journalist's privacy and sources..."

    "In Zimbabwe farmers from the dairy rich Buria region are happy after the government has removed the elected local environmental authority and replaced it with a government appointed body likely to be more sympathetic to farmers desire for irrigation and waste water rights...."

    "In Zimbabwe the police declined to prosecute Government surveillance agents, despite saying the law had been broken, because the agents were not aware of the illegality of their actions, a spokesman said. New powers were last week granted to ..."

    " In Zimbabwe the Prime Minister dismissed concerns of the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission and previous Prime Ministers about wide-ranging new surveillance powers, saying they didn't understand the bill and that the public could have confidence in him to ensure the surveillance was used only in appropriate circumstances...."

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political Idol, or whatever…,

    Well it's a better negotiating position than take our work rights, our public tv land and have a train station to deliver gamblers straight to the casino, and stuff the St James.

    Perhaps the Nats should look straight into a naming rights deal. SkyCity sums up the values of the era much as Weetbix or Marmite used to and is just as iconic.

    The SkyCity National Party would be win-win for both Party, Country and Company.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

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