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


Prime Minister’s New Patsy

Date 22 November 2007

Press Release
For Immediate Release.

Prime Minister’s New Patsy

This is one of Labours biggest flip flops, and Annette King has been sent out to play patsy for our fair weather prime minister, says Republicans Police spokesman Bevan Berg.

That’s probably all that brought her out from behind her Police portfolio cut out, where she has been hiding since the alleged Terror Raids.

What surprises me is the attention given to David Parker’s meddling in the environment ministry, when we have the Prime Minister and the Police Minister politicising our Police Force.

After a shameful performance by Justice Goddard - eight years to produce a report into the 1999 pro Tibetan demonstrations - has she too been politicised or is she just plain incompetent. That’s another question for Annette King in the Justice Portfolio.

Let’s review the archive footage of Helen Clark after the 1999 election, as the defender of free speech and protestor’s rights, decrying the behaviour of the Police for bowing to Political Pressure from then Prime Minister Shipley to remove protesters.

Has it really been Government policy all along with out us knowing that the prime minister was misleading us?

So when the Goddard report finally surfaces, the administrative deputy commissioner has placed the real government policy in Police General Instructions, the Police Minister politely supports our Police, and the Prime Minister conveniently disappears into the ether over this one.

There is something much more dangerous developing here and that’s the responsibility of nobody. This position now becomes un-reviewed policy, lingering in Police general instructions.

“This is no place for sensitive issues, which must remain the responsibility of the Government of the day.”

What we are seeing is the airy fairy management of both Annette Kings Justice and Police portfolios, and what has come out of the opposition over this?

Is the silence from Chester Burrows an indication that John Key has already shaken hands with Helen Clark over this one as well?


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election