Thursday, June 16, 2016

SO SAYING SORRY SANK SUNLIFFE, I MEAN CUNLIFFE.


Was that what prevented the temporary leader of Her majesties Loyal Opposition from saying sorry to Lani and Earl Hagaman for his intemperate remarks over their company gaining the management contract for the Niue resort hotel.

The alternative is  the guy is a complete moron.

So which to believe.

Spluttering made his very damaging, to himself, remarks after it was revealed that Previous Labour donor Earl had given a hundred k to National  and weeks later their company Scenic Circle was awarded the management for Niue's rather ordinary tourist mecca by trustees for NZ aid appropriation that included Jacinda Ardern's dad, oops.

Now the very successful business couple who normally keep a reasonable low profile, quickly asserted that the process had not involved either of them but was in the hands of senior Scenic Circle executives.
They then made a rather generous offer to the Moron in chief of The NZLP to retract and apologise for his typically careless statement with an equally generous time frame for its consideration and 'putting it right' but for reasons that defy explanation The Little ego driven brain decided he held the cards when his pair of twos was not going to make it.

Now The NBR reports he will be answering to defamation papers lodged with the courts.
With just a rudimentary defence costing hundreds of thousands and without calculating what might eventuate as damages should the Hagamans win, it is going to revalue Pigheaded Stupidity as a journal entry in the expenses column for a political party that has been the subject of much speculation as to its financial viability.
Add in the likely costs of an election to replace Goofy and suddenly there is a serious case for the angry one to consider, as the dwindling membership of his shredded party scrambling for relevance discover their ship has sunk, the lifeboat left the wreck without most of the MPs under the command of lieutenant McCarten and the bits of flotsam the survivors  are clinging to become seriously challenged as to buoyancy.

In spite of the connections that saying sorry had with Silent T's eventual destruction, it would have been very simple for Little Brain to have complied with the request from Lani and Earl and left their by now their ever dwindling financial resources untouched while the whole mega smash would have been consigned to history.
The Unionist to his finger nails treated The Hagamans with his well developed strategies as "Bosses" and "enemies of the proletariat" and now faces financial ruin if not for himself, he has also managed to threaten the rotting hulk beached on the sands in its 99th year.

19 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

...what might eventuate as damages should the Hagamans win...

How are they going to win? Little said a deal in which people donated $100,000 to the National Party and shortly after were handed a government contract worth millions, stinks to high heaven and needs investigating. It does stink to high heaven, does need investigating and will be investigated, so a defamation suit doesn't look like a great idea, unless the Hagamans are keen to see this continue embarrassing the government for a long time to come. Maybe they've got it in for Murray McCully?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt.

You're struggling.

The Veteran said...

PM ... you're right of course and our High Commissioner to Niue (and Jacinda's Dad) is right in the firing line. Little might do well to reflect on the fact that blood is thicker than water and with his personal standing as PM in waiting hovering around the margin of error I would have thought he might have reflected more on the wisdom of calling into question the integrity of the father of a senior member of his own caucus. No matter that the deal was at arms length from the Hagamans ... Little's shot from the hip will come back and bite ... and further serve to bankrupt an already bankrupt Party.

gravedodger said...

It seems Milt that as things are at present, the courts will decide whether or not Little's injudicious reflections are defamatory or not with no regard as to how anyone else views them.

Little was too dumb to realise that his use of the tenuous allegations was maximised by around day three with the wholesome assistance of the MSM, well before the Hagamans launched their threat with the generous time frame for retraction and apology in fact, so for Angry at the eleventh hour to grandstand in the face of the considerable potential costs involved, the farce will now play out to the financial detriment of the decaying once great political party.

The whole event over the management contract has all the connotations of a fight over a brush and comb set by two bald dementia patients. Niue is very much in a developing stage of tourism hence the involvement of NZ Inc in that growth so it will be unlikely to be a star performer in Scenic Circle's portfolio.

paul scott said...

Psych is correct. The contra deal stinks.

The Veteran said...

Paul ... what contra deal. Enlighten me. Winston is of course right into contra deals viz a viz the appointment to diplomatic posts in Monaco. But for you to have any gravitas with me you're going to have to explain away the $155k (plus interest). The Spencer fund (secret Trust) has much to answer for.

Anonymous said...

If little had not bought it to the attention of the public he would not be doing the job we pay him for......you can't have it both ways. Oh, sorry yes you can on this blog give him a good kicking when he appears to have a point and ignore him when he gets it right.

Lord Egbut.

pdm said...

Lord Egb - Angry Andy's problem in bring it to public attention - I am not actually sure if he actually did that or just joined in - is that he stepped over a line. Then he did not have the brains to back off and apologise.

He may well pay a heavy price as a result.

paul scott said...

Veteran. I don't like gravitas it weighs you down, eventually get pompous. The deal smells that's all. A big outfit giving money to the Government Nat party it needs a contract from.
It just looks bad. Maybe the word smell suggests illegality. I don't know.
The idea that Little did not have the right to bring it to public attention is quaint.

gravedodger said...

As I suggested Little made all the political profit in the first days after the story broke and yes that is a function of opposition.
An inability to see where it would lead was a political error.

Bloody minded refusal to see the abyss waiting from his demented refusal to recant was only one more demonstration that his union tactical analysis leaves him grossly unprepared for office as prime minister.
Good god milord, Angry could invade the Chatham Islands blissfully unaware they were already part of Nu Ziland
What bit about 7% has you confused milord. The peasants have rat cunning and survival skills that allow them to see a weasel whether you have pinned a tail on it or not.

If Milord should venture to the Village fair do you throw the wooden balls at the 'sidy' or the coconuts.

My main motivation for "kicking Litcunshego is they are a serious deficit in our version of Westminster where an effective opposition calling the government to account is a vital cog. The current fiasco in trying to nail Ms Paula is another mismanaged cockup and Matt McCarten has his fingerprints all over it.
Ice to Inuits, pissup in brewery, I could go on.

Nookin said...

Are you saying, Paul, that this agreement was between the Nat Govt and Scenic Circle? That's news to me. i thought that the Niue Tourist Trust, among the members of which was Ross Adern, father of Jacinda, appointed a board to oversea the management of the hotel and that the board ran a tender process devised and supervised by an independant firm. Crowe Horwath rings a bell.

So tell us, how many other tenderers were there, was Scenic Circle the most desireable tenderer or did it only win because of the donation? What investigation have you carried out to discount the possibility that SC was far and away the more preferable tederer?

How did MCully put the acid on Crowe Horwath, the board and the trustees - particularly Mr Adern?
Do you think it might be somewhat misleading to ignore, blithely, the various independant intermediataries when casually connecting SC and the Govt as one step removed from each other?

If Crowe Horwath, the board and the trustees had no knowledge of the donation and the SC tender was the logical one for acceptance, would you say that the deal "stinks to high heaven"?


Nookin said...

Psycho

When you say "government contract" do you mean NZ government---- ie a contract discussed and awarded by the Nat cabinet? Is that what really happened? Links?

paul scott said...

No I am wrong. Completely wrong. Out of depth wrong . And Psych is wrong . Shooting off the keyboard wrong. But you still need some lightweights on this .

Psycho Milt said...

I mean public money dispensed by people appointed by Murray McCully. Anyone among the Nats here want to claim McCully wouldn't micro-manage stuff like this and isn't devious enough for it?

Paranormal said...

Interestingly PM & PS you are focusing on the politics. The issue Little faces is that in a defamation action his only defence is proving what he said was the truth. It would seem his allegations of a stinky link between a donation and the awarding of a contract just don't exist. His inference of dodgy dealings will sink his case.

Psycho Milt said...

Whether any particular dodgy McCully activity "stinks to high heaven" or not is a matter of opinion. This one does stink in any reasonable opinion, as witnessed by the fact that no-one of consequence is disputing the fact that it needs investigating, except maybe the Hagamans. There's nothing there that needs proving.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt, i you keep joining dots like his, with no evidence, you'll turn into a bloody Dalmatian.

Anonymous said...

Psycho

Smell is not involved - except yours, but facts are what matters.

paul scott said...

ahha his avatar is scary enough, you don't want to astigmatise him with spots.