Tuesday, March 31, 2015

REAL QUESTIONS FOR ANDREW LITTLE

I see Andrew Little has acted in haste to reinstate Carmel Sepuloni as Labour's Social Welfare Spokesthingy following the conviction of her mother for benefit fraud.     Little had previously stood her down pending the outcome of the trial.

Sepuloni's mother pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court to 19 dishonesty charges where she defrauded the taxpayer of $33,856.   She was sentenced to home detention and must pay back $15,000 (at $20 per week = 750 weeks or 14+ years).    Why not the whole lot for Chris...kes?     Her partner, Michael Rangi, made away with a further $62,351.

Prior to her mother's arrest Sepuloni lodged a series of 'Questions for Written Answer' relating to how MSD (and the Police) investigated matters relating to benefit fraud.   The thrust of the questions was to suggest both agencies were highhanded in their handling of investigations of this nature.   Never mind the taxpayer; Sepuloni's concern was for the fraudster.

Sepuloni's protestations that she knew nothing of her mother's criminal behavior fails to pass the sniff test and Little is putting his credibility on the line by failing to recognise that simple fact.   One thing we can be certain of ... Carmel Sepuloni is well placed to comment on benefit fraud.     Guess it takes one to know one.     But is she a suitable person to hold the shadow portfolio? ... your call.


13 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

What do you think the reaction would have been from Labour and their media lapdogs, had this affair featured Paula Bennet's mother?

gravedodger said...

why doesn't every media wonk want to know who knew who knew what and when did they know it?

Seems to be question of the day currently

Howie said...

"Never mind the taxpayer; Sepuloni's concern was for the fraudster."

Sure it was. And elsewhere in right wing loopy land, Judith Collins is a lovely woman who has been tewwibly wonged.

The Veteran said...

Howie ... just what part of the post do you take exception to?

Oh gosh, silly me, she's one of yours and therefore immune from scrutiny.

Should have known that.

Anonymous said...

If Sepuloni had any honour, she'd resign her seat, and pay triple reparation for her mother's crimes, plus fines.

If Little had any honour, he'd insist she did the same - or arrange Labour to pay the money back himself.

If Key had any honour, send 'em to the privileges committee

Criminals and the associates have no place in Parliament.

Howie said...

"just what part of the post do you take exception to?"

The slimy allegation I quoted, for which you have provided no evidence. Straight out of the Collins' playbook, congratulations.

pdm said...

Howie - I take offence at the last two words of your 8.56pm comment.

Your prejudices show - stick to the topic or face having such comments deleted.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Extend yourself, Howie.

Provide a considered reply to the first comment on this thread.

Anonymous said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon

Note both are ex. (Sepuloni is reinstated.)

Neither was shadow minister for the particular area of their accusations, whatever they may be.

Labour keeps it garbage while National throws its garbage out.

You need to try harder.

The Veteran said...

Anon 4.03 ... I have deleted your post simply because you are 'Contempt of Court' and, while you may be prepared to break the law, I'm not prepared to have this blog associated with your disregard for and of the judicial system.

I am forwarding your comment and details to the MoJ to be passed to the Judge who signed-off on the Suppression Orders for whatever action as he/she deems necessary. I suggest you may wish to consult a lawyer.

Noel said...

"I am forwarding your comment and details to the MoJ to be passed to the Judge who signed-off on the Suppression Orders for whatever action as he/she deems necessary. I suggest you may wish to consult a lawyer."

I'm intrigued. You refer to an anonymous post.

" Judge I got this anonymous post which breaches your suppression order. How are you going to proceed?

The Veteran said...

ISP Number Noel. You forget that as a blog administrator I can look behind the curtain.