Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Max Bradford in Fantasy-Land - Piers Reid


PRESS RELEASE

Max Bradford in Fantasy-Land

21 September 2001

Piers Reid, former head of New Zealand Army

In a press release on 20 September 2001 National's Defence Spokesman, Max Bradford, alleged that I had promoted, when Chief of general Staff, only those who agreed with my views on defence policy and not promoted those who didn't. This is a cheap shot and an insult to the Army promotion system and to me, but more importantly it is a wretched insult to all the decent and talented officers promoted in my time as Head of Army. Officers such as Major General Martyn Dunne, Brigadier Lou Gardiner and Brigadier Jerry Mateparae, all promoted during my time as head of Army will be deeply shocked to hear that Mr Bradford considers their promotions unworthy.

My Bradford shows no understanding of the formal checks and balances, nor of the series of boards and reviews set up in each of the armed forces to consider suitability for promotion.

Mr Bradford's claim that there is an A and B team in the army is his deliberate perverting of the universally accepted system of promotion on merit. The only organisation I am aware of which runs a formal A and B team is Mr Bradford's party, where those on Ms Boag's List, such as Mr Bradford, are clearly a B team.

It is time Mr Bradford's smear campaign against those who disagree with his views on defence policy stopped. I invite Mr Bradford to name one single officer promoted by me on the basis of his or her views on defence policy and one single officer declined promotion for the same reason.

Further Contact:

Piers Reid Major General (retired) 025-372722

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages