The Mapp Report
Save the games for the playground
Integrity comes in many forms; honouring your commitments, observing public trust, respecting our institutions.
The last few weeks have shown just how far Labour and its allies are willing to go to hold onto power, regardless of the cost to integrity.
Labour’s pledge card was paid for by taxpayers at a cost of $446,000. This was a blatant breach of the rules. The police found a prima facie case of breaches of electoral law against Heather Simpson, the Prime Minister Chief of Staff. The Auditor General has now found that many politicians were in breach of the rules. How you handle these issues is a measure of integrity.
National has paid back $10,588. Why doesn’t Labour do the right thing and pay back the $446,000 that it owes?
The whole Philip Field saga shows how Labour is prepared to tolerate corruptions. They know what Philip Field did was wrong, that he exploited vulnerable people for his own gains – painting three houses in New Zealand and tiling a very large house with 400m2 of tiles (that’s an awful lot of tiles). This work was worth many thousands of dollars.
Labour has consistently blocked the Privileges Committee of Parliament from examining the conduct of Mr Field, leaving Parliament and the people with no remedy. More importantly, it shows how Labour will put up with corruption to keep itself in power.
Of course, Labour tried to muddy the waters by comparing a beer offered to me by constituents with immigration issues to the painting of three houses and tiling of another. I guess to Labour politicians a couple of beers and extensive work to several houses is clearly exactly the same!
And through all of this, there was the spectacle of Ron Mark, New Zealand First MP and reliable poodle for the labour party, giving the finger in Parliament. This must be a first in our Parliament. Only after several points of order did the Speaker even act, and this was only “to withdraw and apologise”. Hopefully the publicity will have reinforced to Mr Mark that at least some sort of minimal rules of conduct should apply in Parliament.
It is hardly surprising that people have a negative perception of Politicians. Corruption goes unpunished. The government defiantly refuses to pay back money it looted from the public purse to steal the election. Mr Mark thinks boorish behaviour is okay in Parliament.
National will keep the pressure on. Integrity
matters. The public deserve a government that will actually
obey the law, and uphold standards. The only answer is
Sustainable Health Economy – Monday 14 August 7:30pm
Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna
North Shore National Party is holding a policy meeting on “A Sustainable Health Economy”. Speakers will include Dr Paul Butler and John Appleton of IM Health and Northcote MP Dr Jonathan Coleman. This will be a great opportunity to hear a fresh initiative to improve the wellness of New Zealanders and subsequently create economic opportunities for our country.
Phone 486-0005 or email
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11 August 2006