The irony. The National Party have been caught up in a copyright lawsuit over using the opening chords of an Eminem song on probably what is the main National 2014 election TV Commercial. You know, the one with a bunch of young, fit athletes in a canoe powering down the "8 Mile" creek to an unknown destination.
A "picture" of stable, decisive government in action right?
But hang on! Let's get a little more realistic about the stability of the current government. What we need to remember is there are actual National Party members rowing this boat.
Let's announce the team...
John Key as the cox barking orders at a sweated out Gerry Brownlee who's experienced in rocking the boat in the Avon, Maurice Williams quits after being caught influencing the race officials, Tony Ryall bails out into retirement, Paula Bennet is busy knocking the heads of the poor fish, Hekia Parata has her oars tangled up in Novopay, Nick "the DOCtator" Smith dropping Big Oil exploration rigs into endangered Dolphin sanctuaries and Bill English as Head of the O.I.O. is busy christening the creek the Yangste. Then to top it all off during the last mile Judith Collins is finally shoved out because at the other end of the boat she has been steering the boat deep into dirty waters with the help of a slimy little Blogger Whale!
Powering ahead or floundering in the mud? Maybe there's a picture here?
Anyway back to the story - the Nats are pleading innocent and that the song's license as been purchased legitimately. I suppose the artist's representatives are so uncomfortable with being connected artistically to this Political campaign or this Political Group that they feel within their rights to object to the association.
So if ever there is an outcome of a court case or if anything comes of the lawsuit and the campaign promo is found to have breached copyright laws then we'd expect a suitable penalty.
A substantial fine maybe? Nah, how about we show some consistency and raid their homes with a 70-odd, heavily armed force, seize there business assets, take their personal possessions, put them in holding cells for 2 months, break up their families and serve them with pending extradition orders. It was ok to do this to Kim Dotcom - a New Zealand Resident by using an admittedly and illegally obtained warrant. Fair is fair!
But let us and the Media focus too much on this - "It's just not the same" the honorable John Shady will lyricise.
He would know... Operation Speargun Phase One is complete.
Former Mayor of Auckland the "Dishonorable" John Banks has recently been found guilty of knowingly filing a false electoral return... and the man is still protesting his innocence. Poor John!
We must all realise now that he is a corrupt little man and he should do the right thing and disappear himself from the political arena. Move to Australia mate!
The only reason he's hanging on as an MP has to be so he can continue to receive his large taxpayer funded salary. I can't wait for it to be cut off. Can you believe we're still paying this crim!
Good luck August 1st with sentencing JB. You still have a chance to weasel out of any punishment and you could even keep your job as an MP.
Either way you're name is mud.
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