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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • Paul Campbell,

    Yes it's odd, and amatuerish is a bunch of ways, I'm not sure if it's bogus and dirty politics in its own right, or just netsafe not being professional in and around their job enforcing this new law

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Staying true to the born-to-rule arrogance we've come to expect from this former tobacco lobbyist, the Dipton kid says he hasn't learned anything from his biggest self-generated ballsup to date. Actually, I'm paraphrasing. The actual quote is "I’ve got no regrets" -- but the attitude problem is exactly the same.

    You'll recall the allegations of Barclay bugging staff in his offices, some of the staff resigning and laying Police complaints and his subsequent "I will co-operate fully" statement regarding the Police investigation.

    We now know that he didn't cooperate at all and thanks to having friends in high places (can there be any other explanation?) Dipton2 apparently got away with it this time, scot-free.

    Can anyone recall other 10-month police investigations which have been dropped because the Police failed to even make contact with the person they're investigating?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1304 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Posted in this thread... because Jordan Williams.

    A High Court judge has ruled that a $1.27m damages award to Taxpayers Union director Jordan Williams is too high.

    Justice Sarah Katz said a jury's decision ruling former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig had to pay the sum to Williams was a miscarriage of justice.

    In a just-released judgment Justice Katz said a miscarriage of justice had occurred, and that jurors appeared to have failed to follow her directions.

    "I am satisfied that the damages award is well outside the range that could reasonably have been given in all the circumstances of the case," she said.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1304 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    The Dipton kid's illegal recording of staff members resurfaces to bite him on the bum.

    Newsroom -- Politicians, police, and the payout

    Melanie Reid has been doing some digging and found that not only were top Nats aware that Barclay had broken the law, but a substantial payment to at least one of the staff members involved came out of John Key’s leader’s budget. Is this an appropriate or even a legal use of the leader's slush fund?

    While Bill English has previously denied any knowledge or involvement in the affair, Newsroom quotes a text from English saying that "The settlement was larger than normal because of the privacy breach."

    I have a feeling that this story has just gained some fresh legs.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1304 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Alfie,

    I have a feeling that this story has just gained some fresh legs.

    Unbelievable. And the subsequent threatening phone calls in that electorate. Proof this government is rotten to the core and that rottenness has spread to Parliamentary Services as well as the Police.

    Palmerston North • Since Sep 2014 • 679 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Is "the leader's budget" made up of public or National party money?

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2101 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Ah, so it was public money used to hush up a National party faux-pas, with overtones of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

    It will be a test of the media to see if they are interested, or would rather cover the America's Cup, terrorism in Europe and the war of words between Gatland and Hansen.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2101 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Palmerston North • Since Sep 2014 • 679 posts Report Reply

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