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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Maori Party inch closer to National Coalition

Labour denies dirty tricks
Labour and New Zealand First last night denied attempting to pervert the course of justice over the privileges report on New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. The serious accusation was made by Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples - who also condemned Mr Peters' attacks on the Maori Party. The accusations follow Tuesday's majority vote of censure by Parliament against Mr Peters for knowingly filing a false return of pecuniary interests, notably a $100,000 donation for his legal expenses from Monaco-based billionaire Owen Glenn. The Maori Party held the balance of power on the vote in the House and it supported the censure motion. If it had changed its vote and joined Labour and New Zealand First, it could have blocked it. Dr Sharples said a minister telephoned him twice - on Sunday and on Monday - to try to persuade the Maori Party to oppose the censure motion. He also said a New Zealand First staff member had sought to influence MP Te Ururoa Flavell - who was on the privileges committee - during a meeting. "Both Tariana Turia and myself were disgusted with this kind of activity, aimed at perverting the course of justice and fair play."

If it were anyone else making these comments, it would be a storm in a teacup, but it’s Pita freakin Sharples making these claims, and it takes a hell of a lot to make Pita angry, but angry he is with the pressure put on the Maori Party to change their vote on a man whom they have supported and given kindness to, but they ultimately had to base their decision on the facts and the facts are Winnie got caught out and was too arrogant to man up to that. This is another indicator that the Maori Party and the Nats are looking to cut a deal, and the Maori Party leadership are giving public oxygen to tensions between Labour and them.


At 25/9/08 11:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing from The Standard on this issue. Maybe it hit a little too close to home.

Obviously there are more important issues such as Bob Clarkson's valedictory speech than the corruption of judicial process.

At 25/9/08 3:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it takes a hell of a lot to make Pita angry

Confusing him with a mediterranean flat bread will do it though.

At 25/9/08 5:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it doesn't help that pita sharples is braindead

At 25/9/08 6:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not so much grovelling before St Pita please. I agree he is a charming man, and has a great record with Maori community and kaka haka, but as a polician he has gone over the top several times in the past. I would refer you to comment on Seabed and Foreshore, Police raids on Tuhoe, to name just a couple of obvious occasions when his language was more intemperate than accurate.
I am more interested in how moral he gets on the subject of gangs. Three years ago there was more than a hint he was using street gangs as his own Brown Shirts.

At 25/9/08 8:51 pm, Anonymous Son of Xod said...

Three years ago there was more than a hint he was using street gangs as his own Brown Shirts.

Thats the rub innit.

Look at the fist in piccie. Angry fist man.


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