Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I DO LIKE BLOOD SPORTS

Fun watching the evisceration of the hapless David Parker by Amy Adams in the House yesterday over the failed attempt by him to insert a clause in the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill providing an exemption for the Te Arai property development.

You know he's in trouble when the acting Prime Minister attempts a 7th Calvary rescue mission while his inability to recall the date he received advice from the Treasury warning against such a move reinforces the view of a Minister caught pants down in crony capitalism.

Sheesh ... and he's one of  'their' supposed better Ministers.

19 comments:

David said...

Not sure Peters would lay down his life for anyone, although there may be a criminal on his right and another on his left. :-)

Paulus said...

But do not forget that the media do not like anything that National do or say and more so they have a bent for anything Amy Adams says or does.
After all she is not a left wing feminist.

David said...

Paulus, not all feminists are left wing, and not all lefties are feminists. So, did you have anything to add to the conversation, or are you just exhibiting your ignorance?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

David, you mean like not all Muslims are terrorists?

Anonymous said...

Precisely Walter.......31 million people in Malaysia and 31 million terrorist incidents......how clever of you to spot that.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Gueez folks ... I'm losing the thread of this conversation. Adams vs Parker how now somehow morphed into Islamic terrorism ... big leap.

Anonymous said...

Bloke by the name of Walter, he just can't resist being Walter and pissing on everyone's parade.

Psycho Milt said...

From Stuff:

National Party leader Simon Bridges and MP Amy Adams have been on the attack over why the Government would try and create such an exemption and raised questions about the relationship between Associate Finance Minister David Parker and the Queenstown developer, John Darby.

However, it seems they've been barking up the wrong tree. Turns out there is no relationship between Parker and Darby, and the influence was peddled by a certain other wealthy lobbyist exploiting his relationships with politicians:

... the Government has revealed it was Sir John Key who was lobbying for an exemption for a billionaire's property development in Northland.

...

Key declined to comment on the matter.


I bet he fucking did!

Paranormal said...

PM, that is a really long bow, and actually shows just how poor/shoddy/stupid this government really is.

Are you expecting New Zealand voters to believe that preferential treatment for one developer in a major piece of government legislation is only there because of the lobbyist involved? Frankly that makes this government seem even weaker.

We don't expect much from Liarbour, but I expected better of you when it comes to principles and clarity around the issue. Clearly you are still suffering from KDS.

Psycho Milt said...

Are you expecting New Zealand voters to believe that preferential treatment for one developer in a major piece of government legislation is only there because of the lobbyist involved?

I don't expect them to believe that, no. The account given by the relevant select committee appears far more plausible to me.

However, National would like NZ voters to believe it, hence all the blather from them the last week or so about a supposed relationship between Parker and one of the developers. I'm just suggesting that the people who are suckers for that claim should be equally credulous about Key's lobbying on behalf of the developers.

Paranormal said...

Here's the thing PM, Key is no longer in government. He's not the one doing dodgy stupid things like carving out exceptions in key government legislation for someone's mate.

It doesn't matter who the someone is that had a developer mate - it matters that a minister, or his office if you buy that one, would carve out exceptions like that.

It does seem that although all animals are equal, some are more equal than others....

David said...

It does seem that although all animals are equal, some are more equal than others...

Got to hand it to Orwell he had capitalism down to a "T".

Psycho Milt said...

Someone carved out an exception in legislation for someone's mate? Citation needed. (NB: references to Kiwiblog or tweets by Matthew Hooten aren't citations.)

Paranormal said...

PM you said it yourself. Something about a lobbyist peddling influence with his mates.

However let's look at it your way then. If there was no carve out for someone's mate, what the f*** are your lefty pals (you know, the ones that are supposedly against cronyism and corruption) doing giving special dispensation in legislation for a developer no-one knows? Are you suggesting they are even more incompetent than we realise?

Psycho Milt said...

PM you said it yourself. Something about a lobbyist peddling influence with his mates.

Just pointing out that such propaganda claims are easy to make but aren't worth much. In the case in question, the select committee's account is more plausible. From Stuff:

Parker maintains the concession was made by the select committee and his office as the Government sympathised with the iwi (Te Uri o Hau hapu and Ngati Manuhiri) involved in the development.

"They made a submission to the select committee about the delays they've suffered and those were the reasons," he said.

The Veteran said...

PM ... you're on a hiding to nothing with this one. There is nothing inherently wrong with lobbying. I do it with my Party and I also lobby Labour & NZ First MPs on occasions (and as recently as last night with some success). Don't lobby Green MPs as they talk a different language but I suspect that you do as a good 'Greens' man and good on you. That is your privilege. John Key is a private citizen and he too can lobby as he thinks fir.

A Minister who is in a position to take the matter further has a duty of responsibility to seek official advice in making his/her decision. In this case the official advice (from Treasury) was against granting the exemption. Minister Parker choose to disregard that advice and attempted to have a clause inserted into the Bill at the Select Cttee stage which was subsequently ruled out-of-order by Mr Speaker. Don't kid yourself ... the Labour Party members on the Select Cttee were not acting independently ... doesn't happen that way. The Bill was the Minister's Bill. He was calling the shots.

Parker was caught out pants down and nothing you say changes that.

Psycho Milt said...

Turns out Hooton was making shit up for propaganda purposes, as usual. It would be nice if journos would stop taking the bait every single fucking time:

"In an opinion column by Matthew Hooton published on the Herald website on Thursday 21 June 2018 the columnist described the Minister for Economic Development, David Parker, as a former business associate of a property developer.

The Herald accepts that this description was inaccurate, and that they are not former business associates.

The Herald apologises for the error in the column. The Herald also apologises for any implication in the column that Parker acted inappropriately by reason of such an association, and for any distress that the publication has caused him.

Matthew Hooton also apologises personally for the description and any such implication, as well as for any distress that the matter has caused the Minister."

Paranormal said...

PM that still doesn't make what Liarbour did acceptable.

The Veteran said...

PM ... Minister Parker was wrong in seeking to insert the clause in the Bill against official advice and via the backdoor and the Speaker (bless his cotton pickin sox) was right in ruling he acted inappropriately in trying to do so.

For Speaker Mallard to do that and you know the Parker really f****d up.