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One law for National, One law for the rest of us?

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When it comes to double standards, the Right have no comparison. They are adept at holding double standards. Triple standards even, if it suits them.

Case in point;  blogger Cameron Slater, who runs the sleazy “Whaleoil” blogsite, has laid a complaint with the Police about a letter from Wigram MP, Jim Anderton,  sent to voters endorsing the Labour candidate Megan Woods. Anderton will be standing down this term and retiring,

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By what stretch of the imagination can Anderton’s endorsement of Megan Woods be seen as a matter for Police attention – when John Key and Don Brash have been doing a very-public dance of endorsing ACT candidate, John Banks, for the Epsom electorate?

It appears that Jim Anderton’s “crime” is that he made his endorsement openly, honestly, and put it in writing for the voting public to consider.

By comparison, John Key will be having a “symbolic cup of tea/coffee” with John Banks at a cafe – thereby sending a “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” message to Epsom voters to give the ACT candidate their electorate vote,

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Jim Anderton is retiring and makes his preference for a successor known publicly – and an extremist right-wing blogger lays a Police complaint.

John Key and Don Brash are doing semi-secret deals – and neither the Electoral Commission nor the Police, nor any right-wing bloggers, bat an eyelid.

I think we get the picture.

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““I’m not telling anyone to vote in a particular way because I don’t think it’s right, but we have had a constructive relationship with ACT and wouldn’t be at all unhappy if they were back,” Key said…

…But Key is being accused of hypocrisy over one very confusing detail.

Key lives in Epsom, but won’t do what he is asking voters to do.

“As leader of the National Party, I’ll be voting for the National candidate,” he said.” Ibid

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Meanwhile, the Pythonesque Dance-of-the-Deranged continues, with this ACT (or National?) campaign launch,

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So there we have it.

The deed  is done, a deal is struck.  People “swallowed dead rats” by the bucketload.  And some of  Dear Leader’s teflon peeled away…

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  1. Matthew
    11 November 2011 at 10:38 am

    “WhaleOil” and Cameron Slater are indeed Sleazy.
    But you’ve got to admire the blubbery self-deprecation he uses for the name of his blog.

    • 11 November 2011 at 10:52 am

      Heh heh heh…

    • Gosman
      11 November 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Gawd. Matthew you seem so terribly naiive that I picture you as a 14 year old boy discovering the internet for the first time.

      First of all you think you discovered some amazing bad calculation with a poll when it was quite obvious to many, (although not Frank for some reason), that the percentages for party support were of those who had expressed a preference.

      Now you don’t understand the reason for the name Whaeloil. I can asure you it isn’t anything to do with blubbery self-deprecation. I’ll give you a hint though. The full name of his blog is ‘ Whale oil beef hooked’. Try saying that fast to youself a number of times and you might get the joke.

      • Matthew
        11 November 2011 at 2:52 pm

        I’m not prescient. I’ve not been to his blog. I saw him on telly and thought him a blubbery, slovenly fellow. He’s one of those people who think Act isn’t a stinking pile of poo. Why would I want to read anything he wrote? And his behaviour in making the police complaint about well meaning Jim means he’s the lowest of the low.

  2. Tom Sawyer
    11 November 2011 at 11:21 am

    WhAleoil? Got a link?

  3. fmacskasy
    11 November 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Tom Sawyer :

    WhAleoil? Got a link?

    Yup: http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/

  4. 11 November 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Key has problems now that Winnie has made an impression – 4.5% and rising. And National has now dropped below 50% – still two weeks to go!

  5. fmacskasy
    11 November 2011 at 3:46 pm

    “First of all you think you discovered some amazing bad calculation with a poll when it was quite obvious to many, (although not Frank for some reason), that the percentages for party support were of those who had expressed a preference.”

    *ahem*

    Gosman, the percentages – as expressed – do not at all make clear that the Undecideds were a separate figure. The figures are all lumped together.

    So it is by no means “obvious to many”. Indeed, I (and others) take the Undecideds as part of the other percentages, at face value.

  6. fmacskasy
    11 November 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Matthew :

    I’m not prescient. I’ve not been to his blog. I saw him on telly and thought him a blubbery, slovenly fellow. He’s one of those people who think Act isn’t a stinking pile of poo. Why would I want to read anything he wrote? And his behaviour in making the police complaint about well meaning Jim means he’s the lowest of the low.

    I tend to concur. Of all the polis in Parliament, Jim Anderton is one of the most principled.

    • Gosman
      12 November 2011 at 12:30 pm

      So do you think using parliamentary funding to promote a candidate when it is explicitly prohibited from being used for that purposes is principled do you? Or is it okay to break laws if you are from the left if the political spectrum?

  7. fmacskasy
    12 November 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Gosman :

    So do you think using parliamentary funding to promote a candidate when it is explicitly prohibited from being used for that purposes is principled do you? Or is it okay to break laws if you are from the left if the political spectrum?

    As I said, at least Jim Anderton is being upfront and honst in endorsing another candidate.

    As for your suggestion that Anderton was “using parliamentary funding to promote a candidate when it is explicitly prohibited” – that is not yet proven. It is an allegation.

    And I look forward to the same charge laid against John Key. Except, off course, Key, Brash, and Banks went about it more deviously.

    Is that acceptable to you?

    • Gosman
      14 November 2011 at 2:27 pm

      I doubt it is only an allegation. I believe Jim Aderton admits he wrote to his electorate as an MP and gave his opinion who he thinks his constituents should support.

  8. fmacskasy
    14 November 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Gosman :

    I doubt it is only an allegation. I believe Jim Aderton admits he wrote to his electorate as an MP and gave his opinion who he thinks his constituents should support.

    And in what possible manner does that differ from John Key’s endorsement of John Banks?

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