If there was any doubt that Liarbour in New Zealand is the 'nasty' party, it came from Michael Cullen last week.
We can put Trevor Mallard to one side today, who obviously showed he cannot take what he dishes himself.
We can also put aside Dear Leader who infamously called Don Brash 'cancerous' and 'corrosive.'
No, let us reserve our comptempt for Michael Cullen for his treatment of Christchurch businessman Dave Henderson.
Under the protection of parliamentary priviledge, once Cullen claimed that "Dave Henderson, or Hendo, is one of the biggest and nastiest tax evaders in this country – who ran the sex industry in Christchurch and avoided tax thereon?".
Rodney Hide (pictured, with the actor who plays him) has raised the issue in Parliament , adding that Dave Henderson will never get fair treatment from the IRD because the finance minister believes he is a criminal.
Cullen declined to retract his previous allegations, saying it would give direction to the IRD, which he is not meant to do.
Now, Dave Henderson fought back against IRD claims of tax evasion and has never been charged or convicted of evading tax, something now written into parliamentary records.
Of course, it adds irony to the fact that the movie has received $1.8 million of government funding.And of course, Henderson is now landlord of the IRD building in Christchurch.
Now the film is released on November 8, but see it while you can.
Rodney Hide says, as noted by David Farrar at Kiwiblog yesterday, that under the current wording of the Electoral Finance Bill, the government subsidised movie could be illegal from January1!
Either way, the fact remains, by his actions, Cullen shows what a nasty little man he is.
But there again, he is a leading light in New Zealand's nasty party.
Hat Tip: Hitting Metal.