Tuesday, December 4, 2018

IS SHANE JONES CORRUPT? YOU BE THE JUDGE

Shane Jones has had his election campaigns bankrolled by 'friends' in the fishing industry.    As a Labour MP he received donations from both Sealord and Talley's.   In 2017, by which time he has switched to Winston First,  his bid for the Whangarei seat (where he came a poor third) was heavily supported by Talley's.

Clearly the fishing industry invested well.    On assuming office one of the first acts by Winston First was to 'persuade' Stuart Nash to ditch plans to install monitoring cameras on commercial fishing boats.   And now the revelation that Jones heavied Nash to scupper the Technical Advisory Panel set up by National to provide expert advice on making fishing sustainable in the long term.

Judas ratted on Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.   It could be argued that Winston First/Shane Jones have shown they too they can be purchased for not much more ... there is a fine line between influence peddling and corruption.    Has Jones crossed that line?    You be the judge.   

13 comments:

Nick K said...

Ok, I'll play devils Advocate.

Jones received donations for political campaigns and then actively sought to put things in place to appease his backers.

Isn't this what almost all politicians do? It's the whole purpose of receiving donations from supporters of your cause, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Yes Nick....it's called lobbying and is a stain on our system of Government. The piper has to be paid and in the end will drive another nail in our shonkey fishing "industry".

Lord Egbut

Gerald said...

Not my job to judge.


http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/137.0/DLM328753.html

The Veteran said...

Nick ... I guess you're right in the abstract. But this is pretty up-front and blatant and comes close to crossing the line ... much the same as NZ First List MP Clayton Mitchell's Kiwi Values Bill which includes a commitment not to campaign against alcohol ... this after his election campaign was part bankrolled by the hospitality industry.

The Veteran said...

Gerald ... your link is wrong ... should be to s103 not s105. And yes, it is for the Courts to decide were a prosecution to be taken. But there is another court ... the court of public opinion and that is the one I'm asking. So, where do you stand?

Gerald said...

I would have thought if you have evidence of a corrupt practice as a citizen you would be duty bound to report it?

Noel said...


http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/12/the-new-court-of-public-opinion/

Noel said...

“The new court of public opinion is a basketball court. Everyone gets their own ball (opinion). Everyone plays by the rules they consider fair.”

The Veteran said...

So Gerald no answer, no answer. I repeat ... where do you stand? With Jones or sitting on the fence?

pdm said...

Vet - Gerald probably votes NZFirst hence his reluctance to answer.

Gerald said...

Can you not see the irony here Veteran? Accusing Jones of influence peddling and you want me to make a stand in the court of public opinion.

The Veteran said...

Gerald ... no irony because I didn't accuse him of influence peddling ... I laid out the facts and sought 'your' views.

For myself I think he comes dangerous close to crossing the line other, less generous persons, might argue he crossed it.

The National Party in Northland already has the money to fight the next election donated by Party members. One suspects the Jones boy will again heavy his mates in the fishing industry for his dosh over doing the hard yards. One further suspects the result in 2020 will be a repeat of Whangarei with Matt King doing him like a dinner.

Paulus said...

Clayton Mitchell was a Publican in Mt Maunganui before getting into Winston's Party.
There was a sex shop alongside and a strip/brothel above his pub.
No wonder the Liquor industry backed him.