Monday, September 18, 2006

How Our Politicians Let Us Down

What a load of squabbling schoolkids.

The row over who is rooting whom, who is watching, which end they are rooting from, who is talking about it, and who couldn't care less just gets worse.

If this is the measure of the men and women that say they can govern our nation, Gawd help us.

Helen Clark appeared on the interview shows on both main tv networks on Monday. She argued her case with middling conviction, but let herself down completely in her admission that this is all a slanging match with National - "if they stop we will stop".

Nobody in the National party could be found to speak - perhaps not surprisingly because they are not the issue. I don't believe that anyone seriously in a position of responsibility in the nation's main Opposition party, and the probable next government of our nation, is feeding this "Peter Davies is a homo so ya boo sux" bullsh to the grubby press.

I think we are much more likely not a million miles away from the man on a bicycle who grabbed the plans to regulate the loathsome Telecom monopoly and gave them to another man on another bicycle that worked for Telecom - who had the good sense to say "I shouldn't be seeing this" and sent it back.

Some scungy nerd with a beer belly, bad breath and thinning pubic hair that hangs aboutWellington caf├ęs favored by National and ACT and United Future without being a member of any of them will be behind these "leaks". May his bum drop off and roll around in the gutter with the journalistic low-life that is Ian Wishart. Wishart and his Investigate rag are the longdrop of New Zealand journalism: way down low and full of shit.

The Prime Minister is right to complain about National's use of the word 'corruption' when they complain of the election spending.

It's not corruption - that implies deliberate and wilful criminal action. There wasn't any. There may have been wrongful appropriation of funds. The PM maintains that the Auditor General changed the rules after the event - that he held, post facto, that what he said was legal in 2002 was no longer legal in 2005. I would like to see that claim tested in Court. But this is not corruption. Corruption would be if the Auditor General was bought off, or changed his view for improper reasons.

I would like to see the whole issue taken to court so the nation can observe the argument, and hear a clear legal opinion, and let the parties concerned abide by it. Politicians are supposed to uphold the rule of law..

Don Brash has a small, rather undermined pinnacle of the high ground: he sent his Caucus an e-mail telling them to taihoa on the personal attacks. Yeah, right. Coming from a man that enjoys adultery so much he's done it twice, that has less resonance and force than it would have if it had come from, say, John Key or Bill English.

Enough is enough. Judge Judy could do better than this. Let's take the real disputes to Court, and let's see our politicians behaving with respect to their opponents.

Right now, the biggest shortage we have in New Zealand is of statesmen and stateswomen - people with the experience and mana to lead our nation, and behave in such a way that they command our respect for their office and for themselves as temporary occupants..

Shame on the politicians for letting things get so bad.


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