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Lock up the PM, Fire the Ombudsman's Arse!

SOLO-NZ Press Release: Lock up the PM, Fire the Ombudsman's Arse!

December 5, 2007

National and Labour Governments have long made a habit of covering their bloated backsides by setting up inquiries into disasters they have caused, observes SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

"The latest such inquiry has just gone a step further and recommended .. another inquiry! This would be comedic if the taxpayer weren't funding the whole shoddy charade, and if the matter under investigation were not so life-and-death serious.

"In January, after the murderous rampage by paroled killer Graham Burton—a parole-rampage made possible by this government's love affair with child-killers and killers of all kinds—the Prime Minister asked the Ombudsman to investigate the justice system. That was Helen Clark covering her arse. Mel Smith's investigation has recommended a Royal Commission of Inquiry be held, as 'rational debate on it was almost impossible.' That's the Ombudsman covering his arse.

"Mr Smith should speak for himself. Rational debate is entirely possible ... it's the enactment of rational solutions by butt-covering politicians and bureaucrats that is utterly impossible under this regime of rotten-to-the-core parasites and power-lusters.

"Mr Smith estimated crime and the criminal justice system had an economic and social cost of $9.1 billion in 2003. He opined, in an astonishing outburst of courage, originality and perspicacity, 'These are significant costs that demand a comprehensive and high level examination of all of the issues and the development of approaches that produce a better system and reduce this huge economic cost. Probably a Royal Commission is necessary and appropriate.'

"Mr Smith is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the taxpayer to do his job," Perigo reminds us. "Yet seemingly the best this lickspittle can do on this matter of gravest import is recommend an inquiry that will cost millions, when all that is necessary is for politicians and police to do what they're supposed to do—protect, not violate, our rights.

"Mr Smith should be fired forthwith, and politicians like Helen Clark locked up next to the Graham Burtons they have spawned, subsidised and succoured," Perigo concludes.


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