Friday, May 2, 2014

Collins V The Rabble

Labour , The Greens and their hand maidens from The Herald, Fairfax, TV and TV3 continue heir quixotic and futile attempts to besmirch Judith Collins.

Their latest effort is to try and paint her private dinner as an affair of state.  All based on a cherry picked version of emails to and from MFAT.

Here's their death shot.  (Labour cherry picked the bit in bold italics.)

An October 15 email from her office noted:
“On Sunday, October 20, the minister will be having a dinner that will include (redacted name). He has agreed to meet with the minister arranged by Mr Stone Shi, Oravida. The minister would like ambassador Carl Worker and his wife to attend this dinner. A briefing from Mfat will be required.”
Worker did not attend and the dinner went ahead with Collins, her official, Oravida executives Shi and Julia Xu and the Chinese official present.
But later emails show that Collins’ office declined Mfat assistance and said no briefing would be required.
The New Zealand embassy in Beijing asked about the dinner and said it assumed the booking would be made by Shi. It also asked if transport was required.
Collins’ office replied nothing was required from Mfat.
“The minister is having a private dinner on the Sunday evening.”


Unfortunately for the mud slingers, the emails actually show conclusively it was, in fact, a private dinner.  It became so when the ambassador declined to attend, at which point a MFAT briefing was no longer required as the dinner was now a private affair.

What a bunch of amateur numpties are these idiots.


9 comments:

Rex said...

A dinner, while on an official visit, with a Chinese border official and Executives of a company her husband directs, and which donates heavily to the National Party, and which was having problems getting border clearance mysteriously becomes private when the Ambassador withdraws from attending due to his obvious discomfort with the arrangements. Ok run with that if it helps you believe Collins isn't corrupt. And I guess Williamson was just doing his duty as an MP.

Remember how loud and long you shrieked when Helen Clark signed a painting for charity?

Anonymous said...

I once had a problem with a perishable export shipment to Australia. Their border people obviously wanted to get away early that Friday decreeing it had to be tested by AQIS in Canberra. By the Monday it would have spoiled and been destroyed, but they were adamant. I put in a call for help to my MP. By Saturday morning the problem had miraculously vanished and my customer picked up the goods.
I don't know how many beers Damian O'Connor MP had with who to allow this sort of thing. Though I owe him one, he has never called to collect.
I would cut Collins a bit of slack on this.
George

Psycho Milt said...

Yes, odd that Labour should have cherry-picked that sentence out of it. Seems to me that this one seals her fate:

...the minister will be having a dinner that will include (redacted name). He has agreed to meet with the minister arranged by Mr Stone Shi, Oravida.

Certainly the ambassador could see it for what it was and refused to attend.

Rex said...

The differences, other the obvious one, between your imaginary story, George, and the reality in this case is that O'Connor had no personal financial stake in your venture when using his political leverage and wasn't on an official visit at the taxpayer expense at the time. How big was your subsequent donation to the Labour Party or weren't you that grateful?

Anonymous said...

First of all Rex, the story is not imaginary. I still have the docs. As long as my bum has pointed to the floor I have not voted Labour or donated to them
But I do have respect for MP's who act on behalf of NZ'ers irrespective of how they vote.

Rex said...

Whatever, George. Most people do not respect politicians who use their political positions to further their personal business interests, like Collins did. In your case you used a politician to solve your own business problem (you say). That's different, but if I was O'Connor I would have told you to sort your own mess out, given your lack of gratitude.

Paulus said...

If it had not been a private dinner the Ambassador would have to have attended. It was his responsibility in the circumstances - or he is one of the MFAT ambassador rogues, some of which appear still to be in the Department.

Anonymous said...

Yes Rex, whatever. Some MP's don't expect party donations and are happy with a thank you call.
The reason you suspect others is because you think they think like you.
Like most malevolent churls you're safe gabbing at a distance.

George

Rex said...

"If it had not been a private dinner the Ambassador would have to have attended."

Nice smear. His presence was requested, but obviously he knew what it looked like and declined. This is Collins' problem, not his.

"Some MP's don't expect party donations and are happy with a thank you call."

Not ones from the National Party and Act though. With them you must pay to play (Oravida, Liu, Dotcom etc).