You swallow it first
Now as a Tree hugger, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and the open hearted nature of those of us on the left likes to see hugs go all around the maypole. But even we of the flower must cast a dark look at Labour MP Taito Fields white washed report. I know Aunty Helen is arguing that it would cost lots to investigate properly, but I kinda think there are some obvious holes so large in this reports findings that to accept them would be an insult to our collective intelligence.
The core of the accusations is that Field took graft for ‘immigration assistance’ he gave to various people. One Thai man worked on properties Field owned NOT because Field gave him immigration assistance, but because the Thai man felt gratitude. Really? Does that sound right? Is Field a big hearted man, and not a ruthless one who would abuse his position of trust like say in that case where Field bought a house off a constituent at an incredibly low price even after the family said their Father was too ill to know what he was signing over to Field?
The defense Labour has mounted suggests that they have no real ammunition. “You dare question the reputation of a QC by calling this report a white wash”, seems to be all they have. Well, no one is attacking Dr Noel Ingram QC, everyone is questioning why witnesses refused to give evidence and why the report is left so open ended when Dr Ingram himself says the only way to get to the bottom of the accusations would be to create “an authority with appropriate powers of investigation to inquire further”.
You can’t pull stunts like this and expect people to trust you. Labour seems to think the second National are off the boil, it’s safe to drop a shit sandwich on everyone’s plate and tell us it’s candy. Sorry Helen, but it’s a shit sandwich.