Shenanigans across political divide lately

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Re: What has NZ politics descended to? August 10 column.

Kia ora Murray,

As always a one-eyed view!

Though when going public with this level of righteousness, one should always check the facts . . . the caravan is ours and has a current registration to April 2018 and Warrant of Fitness!

We note that we had to replace the sticker recently — do you know anything about that?

One does wonder what New Zealand politics has descended into with this type of column!

Perhaps a visit to the local optician may be in order!

Margaret Takoko

Surely Murray Ferris isn’t calling Metiria’s benefit fraud an all time low for politics in New Zealand. The all time low was probably reached when Bill English claimed $32,000 ($900 per week) as an accommodation allowance while serving as an MP. One claim was made for need while the other may be called greed.

Fortunately Mr English paid the $32,000 back and Metiria has agreed to pay her $7000 or so back if she is asked.

I understand John Key enrolled in the Helensville electorate when he didn’t live there, so it looks like there have been shenanigans going on across the political divide for some time.

C.J. Allen

Re: What has NZ politics descended to? August 10 column.

Kia ora Murray,

As always a one-eyed view!

Though when going public with this level of righteousness, one should always check the facts . . . the caravan is ours and has a current registration to April 2018 and Warrant of Fitness!

We note that we had to replace the sticker recently — do you know anything about that?

One does wonder what New Zealand politics has descended into with this type of column!

Perhaps a visit to the local optician may be in order!

Margaret Takoko

Surely Murray Ferris isn’t calling Metiria’s benefit fraud an all time low for politics in New Zealand. The all time low was probably reached when Bill English claimed $32,000 ($900 per week) as an accommodation allowance while serving as an MP. One claim was made for need while the other may be called greed.

Fortunately Mr English paid the $32,000 back and Metiria has agreed to pay her $7000 or so back if she is asked.

I understand John Key enrolled in the Helensville electorate when he didn’t live there, so it looks like there have been shenanigans going on across the political divide for some time.

C.J. Allen

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Mary-Ann de Kort - 9 days ago
Oh dear. It sounds like Murray Ferris should have gone to Specsavers so his one eye could clearly see the current registration sticker on the caravan.
I also note there was no mention of the Todd Barclay political shenanigans. His office laid a police complaint about harassment after some reporters were admitted into the office and asked if Todd was there, when he was last there and then when he would be there.
Luckily they had a video showing just that, to confirm they were polite and definitely didn't break any laws.
Now we hear that there are 450 texts from Bill English to his past office worker, Glenys Dickson, but he refuses to answer questions and may have deleted the texts from his parliamentary phone. Surely that is worthy of the name political shenanigans Mr Ferris.

Gordon Webb - 9 days ago
Bill English claimed the accommodation allowance because Parliamentary Services said it could be done. Subsequently Bill paid the money back without demur, unlike the Greens' ex co-leader who remains defiant. Bill broke no law. Mrs Turei deliberately enrolled using an address that she did not live at so she could vote for a friend in the Mt Albert electorate. John Key is reported to have sought advice from his own lawyers and the Electoral Commission and was told he could enrol in the Waimauku electorate.

lloyd gretton - 9 days ago
Nit-picking. English and Key are grandees with access to expensive lawyers. Metira was a solo mum. However, recent reports say it was a lot higher than around $7000.

Gordon Webb - 9 days ago
Mary-Ann - are you seriously suggesting Bill English's involvement with Barclay is a shenanigan on a par with what the former co-leader of the Green Party did? If so, then you need a quick course of reality tablets. Has he broken the law? What was in the texts? The departed co-leader, on the other hand, has blatantly lied, cheated and deceived and shown absolutely no remorse whatsoever. How that could possibly be described as "professional" behaviour from a person apparently trained to uphold the law, who then went on to serve in the country's ruling body, is beyond any concept of "professional" I have ever encountered. The fact that she stood up in front of the media without blinking and continued her appalling behaviour is the opposite of how any decent, "professional" person I know would conduct themselves.

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