Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Least corrupt New Zealand? Pull the other one!


Contain yourselves, everyone!
But New Zealand is apparantly one of the least corrupt countries on the planet, along with Denmark and Sweden.
Obviously, we are such a small, small country so far, far away from this Berlin-based body.
They must have fallen for the view we are a rural arcadia, with lambs skipping and frolicking everywhere, and the German authors having too fond a memory of bungy jumping and whitewater rafting on their OE visits here.
They know nothing about Winston Peters, apparantly, nothing on how Liarbour stole Election 2005 with taxpayer money, how Dear Leader has corrupted the police (more of that later), how she seeks to dismantle the Serious Fraud Office, how she is rubbishing those who oppose her poodle, etc, etc.
Transparency International obviously hasn't read Absolute Power. Perhaps Ian Wishart should send them a copy, as his allegations and theories grow more truthful by the day when we see what is happening with Winston.
But look at the Transparency story again. It is about 'perceived' corruption.
And one top rule of politics, is that perceptions count more than reality!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well what do you expect They only get to read the reports written by the civil servants on Clarks orders so of course this dipshits will find alls OK

gd

ISeeRed said...

Along similar lines, I was having lunch with another ex-pat Kiwi in a major city in South-east Asia on Sunday. He commented with some incredulity NZ is reported to be one of the easiest places in the world to do business, according to some international think tank. As we both left NZ for precisely opposite reasons, you have to wonder just how much the mainstream media merely regurgitates from press releases, instead of doing some actual investigation. And for the record, the political process of Western welfare states is just as corrupt as many Asian countries. As George Bernard Shaw once wrote, "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul".

WAKE UP said...

I don't give a shit about Transparency International, anyone with half a brain can see that for every Hollow Man on one side there's a Hollow Woman on the other.

Anyone except Transparency International, that is.