and with a lack lustre opposition he is on a cake walk.
But once you have personal experience of Police corruption, your perception of the law changes forever.
You're not wrong - leads me to bit of a rant.
I witnessed in the mid to late 60s my parents treatment by police after they phoned in a break in at the local bowling club - an alarm had gone off - Dad was home on a break from night shift - the Police asked Dad to go and have a look to see if the burglars were still there - he did, they weren't, and he then went back to work.
Later well after midnight - the police kicked our front door in and interrogated my mother, who was heavily pregnant at the time, in our lounge as to where my father was - they wanted to arrest him for the break in. I can remember seeing Mum shaking with fear - BTW - Dad was a schoolteacher who did part-time work on weekends - it wasn't him.
I watched in the late 70s the result of a car "stop and search" - the Police beat up a mate who got lippy and wanted to know what the basis for the stop and search - the car we were in matched the description of another car that had been involved in an incident - the Police were largely angry that they had got the wrong car - this incident had involved several Police cars and including some D's.
I used to be very guarded in dealing with the police - now I just don't give a shit within reason - the law, the courts, the local authorities, and the police are in essence a law unto themselves - a lumbering colossus and you don’t matter.
I helped someone as a "Mackenzie Friend" who was wrongly accused - the Judge dismissed the case and the Police reported me to the Law Society who sent me a letter asking me to explain myself. I admitted that I did more than just help I did all the typing - he couldn't type did not own a PC - and researched the law for this bloke - he presented his own case - however - to do what I did, assist someone, is against the law/illegal - if you for another person type or create a document that can be produced by a lawyer and it is presented in court you are breaking the law - I was given a warning and have been told not to do this again.
The bloke was lucky the Judge could see that the police were wrong - it was dismissed, not on the basis of the argument presented but on the basis the Police had taken too long to bring the prosecution.
The less one is involved with "the man" the better - you are little and expendable and they are mighty - you only have one voice every three years and that is your vote - best use it.
People like Nicky Hager are incredibly brave – good on them - we needed him to publish Dirty Politics - lets see which way the colossus is moved, if at all.
I still respect the Police and Public Officials - a part of respecting all people.
The point is that suggesting this is political, or at the behest of the SIS or others, has massive implications.
The police are far from perfect, but I still think they've proven to be fairly independent.
"John Banks" - The police do a raid as part of the Teapot Tapes saga and Banks is only prosecuted after a private prosecution is taken.
More to consider - They raid Nicky Hager’s home taking computers and devices etc, yet with the Roastbusters "thing" there is no investigation, search warrant or otherwise. The police search on Hager’s home comes after the election and not during.
We have 29 miners die at Pike River and no one gets prosecuted; a deal is done with an insurance company.
The application and the enforcement of law in NZ is a variable commodity when dealing with issues that lean heavily on the political sphere. John Key's and National's "perceived" interest seem to me to be one of the dominating variables - people may differ - but this is what I see. .
All these details are in the policy document which has been sitting on the Labour website for months..
Would have helped if Cunnliffe had read it - me thinks.
Labour are going to great lengths to prove why they were not fit to govern - an outstanding effort all round.
Just got the Weekend Herald from the Box – front page picture is David Cunnliffe at the local beach on his cellphone – with the blurb – “Exclusive, candid images that highlight the desolation of David Cunnliffe" – To me he looks more chilled and resigned to things than anything else – cancelling my Herald Sub though – can’t abide this BS attitude, the reporting and stalking.
“Issues” don’t have to be resolved to meet News Media Deadlines – they can be worked out over a matter of days or weeks – setting things right takes time and concentrated effort.
Anyone leading Labour would have not have won the election with the current policy settings – That the Labour vote didn’t evaporate further has something with Cunnliffe being strong in the debates.
The Afternoon Tea Baggers - Fell of me flippin' chair.
It is not HIS fault - I felt if he had not been as good as he was in the debates the Labour vote would have collapsed even further in favour of NZ First, the Greens and the Nats. He gave it a really good crack it is the years of Labour being unsettled within themselves and the flaky policy positions that did them in.
I feel Labour have another election defeat looming before they will change - they are still married to the CGT and things like the Man Ban - that don't sit well with voters.
Cunnliffe is in essence the best they have at the moment - Grant Robertson just won't cut the mustard. IMHO - the other emerging MPs are too young lack experience - Davis, Nash.
They should let Cunnliffe lead them in rebuilding the "policy base/positions" and "party machine" and support him while he does this then at the end of the next parlimentary term review the year in opposition and where they sit with voters pole wise and then - leader decided make a move to create a shadow cabinet that actually takes the fight to the government rather than fights amongst itself.
I don't think they will do that - there is nothing quite like the cannibalism of the labour party - they eat each other whole.
You mean "Election"?
Tze Ming Mok, A day ago
I was surprised to be deprived even of the schadenfreude of National being forced to deal with Winston.
I feel your pain - it is my regret that we don't see Key attempt to swallow that rat whole, alive and kicking.
Winston moderating the Nats was the best outcome "we" could expect.