Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fran O'Sullivan Today is Must Read

See here for an erudite description of why Clark's Government is so deep in the poo. And, by extension why her government can easily and comfortably wear the cap of the 'the most corrupt in history'.

O'Sullivan has called for no less than a Royal Commission of Enquiry with three judges in the Chair to get to the bottom of what has become very dirty politics. But it is not just dirty politics - the allegations are of corruption at the highest levels of Government and Opposition. Clark cannot be allowed to make these allegations without offering subtstantive proof - we have moved beyond her making off the cuff statements. So appalling is the State of Denmark we need independent and incontrovertible proof of absence or presence.

I'll paraphrase much of Fran's discourse:

The gutless police force that refused to take legal action over Labour's breach of electoral spending limits because it was concerned at the constitutional effects of a prima facie case.

The delays which ensured that police decision not to take court action against Labour or Beehive officials, because they were concerned about the integrity of last year's election and cynically preventing private citizens taking action before the six-month expiry period under the Electoral Act. Note; if able to take action and if proven could have resulted in jail sentences.

The prolonged Bullying of Auditor-General Kevin Brady over his audit into the misappropriation of parliamentary funds by party leaders, by Labour's Helen Clark, accusing him of smear tactics - an attempt to cower Brady into changing his draft findings.

Unfounded Allegations that National made corrupt cash-for-policy deals with the anonymous donors that stumped up 92 per cent of the party's election funds.

Helen Clark has alleged insurance companies were promised policy deals around changes to ACC. Who were these companies - if any? - that tried to bribe National.

Allegations that the Exclusive Brethren religious sect ran a parallel advertising campaign with the connivance of National Leader Don Brash to dish the dirt on National's opponents and thus given his party a $1.2 million hidden campaign spending boost.

Allegations that the Exclusive Brethren, not content with the election result, tried to get NZ First MPs to break away from their party and force a change of government. And, when spurned, turned their attention to Labour by hiring private investigators to dig dirt on Cabinet ministers from the Prime Minister down.

Clark has ordered the diplomatic squad (whose allegiance is to her - a private police force in the circumstances) to investigate the Exclusive Brethren's P.I.s.

A Royal Commission needs to inquire into whether interests associated with Labour put P.I.s on to Brash and investigate whether those same interests stole personal emails from his parliamentary computer.

Allegations by the Prime Minister of conspiratorial behaviour by everyone who belongs to "golf clubs, accountancy firms, law firms or business circles" in spreading libellous rumours to bring her husband down and vilify their marriage.

Allegations by NZ First Leader Winston Peters that merchant bankers Fay Richwhite, the subject of an insider trading action over dealings in Tranz Rail shares, have contributed campaign funds with strings.

In Parliament two weeks ago Peters claimed that two big New Zealand corporates had bought themselves "political protection" through major donations to the National Party.
"That same party was involved in a long protection racket in respect of Telecom, and that is why it was given free Telecom services and took $1 million," he said.

Peters wants the Ministry of Justice to look into the "$1 million paid by Fay Richwhite to the National Party in order to buy it absolute protection against proper investigation", which he clarified related to the Bank of New Zealand bail-out and the Winebox inquiry into tax dodging.

Turia's refusal to disclose which Labour supporter tried to bribe her party.

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