Posts by nzlemming

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    FTA

    Prime Minister Bill English said he disagreed with politicians "essentially advocating breaking the law".

    I don't think admitting you've done something is advocating for others to do it. Recognising that people are forced into such situations is not endorsement. And, if this is honestly Bill's view, why is he so reticent about Todd Barclay? Or his attempt to bury the illegal surveillance of Dotcom? Hypocrit.

    "Of course people make mistakes, they inadvertently break the law, they do it under pressure. It's the job of the police and then the justice system to take account of those circumstances because life's a bit messy, it's not always black and white."

    No shit, Sherlock

    "But Ms Turei just seems to be getting a bit disconnected from the normal assumptions we make that people should keep the law and if they don't like the law they set out to change it," he said.

    No. She admits that she broke the law, she's prepared to make reparations if required, she spoke up voluntarily without someone else going to the media to raise the issue, then lying about it until forced to concede that you had actually acted illegally, then dunning the public for 10s of thousands of dollars because it would be inconvenient for your party if your vote was to disappear. If we weigh what 23 year-old Metiria did against what 23 year-old Todd did, then Toddy-boy's illegality is costing the taxpayer a hell of a lot more.

    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said members of Parliament had "certain obligations" and while there's laws people don't agree with it doesn't mean people "shouldn't abide by those laws

    I look forward to Tolley requesting that the Speaker bar Barclay from the Chamber #tui . Also, Metiria Turei was not a member of Parliament when the offense occured; Todd Barclay very much was.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2783 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to st ephen,

    Perhaps it was just the clickbait headline, but the comments below this Stuff article seem like a coordinated up-voting campaign in action. Troops mobilised for the election campaign - on one side at least.

    There are no comments on the post now.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Alfie,

    Braunias is a national treasure

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  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

    And another one's gone,
    And another one's gone
    And another one bites the dust....

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  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Sacha,

    religious upbringing by any chance?

    Or film buff

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2783 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Sacha,

    religious upbringing by any chance?

    Didn't we all?

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  • Hard News: Our own fake news, in reply to Stephen R,

    Trump (currently) has enough money to pay lawyers to fight it.

    Maybeeee...
    Currently, his and his family's legal expenses are being covered by the 2020 campaign fund.

    And, further to the NT Times interview, Sessions has told staff at DoJ that he will not be resigning, leading to consternation among Trump's aides, apparently.

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  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

    In the latest outrage from the Chump-in-Chief, Trump Wouldn’t Have Picked Sessions If He Had Known Sessions Would Recuse Himself on Russia on Slate.


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    The actual source is a New York Times interview.
    He's also threatened Mueller if he goes after the Trump family finances.

    In other news, Sessions greenlights police to seize cash, property from people suspected of crimes but not charged, which, as my friend Doug van Belle pointed out on FB:

    They really don't think these things through, do they?
    Technically, with the revival of this programme and an honest belief that a crime has been committed, any FBI agent can now seize all of the Trump family's assets.

    I'm worried about the oncoming popcorn shortage, myself.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2783 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    I suspect the PCA supported the police decision on the basis that there was no available evidence to charge the MP with committing the crime. That's only credible if they both decided his confession could not be used in court as evidence. If their legal advisors gave them this opinion, fair enough eh?

    At the time that the investigation was discontinued with, Barclay had not confessed anything and was emphatically denying the charges. That is the investigation that the IPCA looked at, not the current investigation. There's still a question of why they did not execute search warrants to determine whether or not there was any evidence, as they did in the Bradley Ambrose case.

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  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    To finance anything like a functional livable ubi, a lot of companies would need to pay a heap more tax.

    FTFY

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