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.
The Joker (aka Judith Collins) is on the loose!! ... after resigning (pushed) from her ministerial position yesterday. She has had plenty of chances - too many if you ask 63% of New Zealanders - but her luck has finally run out with one revealing email authored by none other than Judith's good friend Cameron Slater at the centre.
After reading the email John Key has kicked her to touch with no promises of returning to a National Cabinet even if they return to power in September. When you're back on your goal line with the opposition on full attack and gaining ground you need to relieve the pressure the safest way... or is this desperation?
The reason given for her dismissal is that the email implicates the "Joker" in a possible attempt to undermine the position of the head of NZ's Serious Fraud Office when Judith was his Boss - not a good look for the National campaign at this time.
There is a lot more juice to squeeze from this story - like who obtained and delivered the email to John Key's Office and how did they obtain it if not hacked illegally?
Why is John Key acting on this unproven and anonymously provided email and not the numerous other damning emails revealed in Nicky Hagar's book "Dirty Politics"?
Who is the "Mark" recipient in the email whose last name was blacked?
Some in the Media have mentioned that this "Mark" could be tied to the SFO investigation into the now collapsed Hannover Finance Company where thousands of New Zealanders lost huge investments.
Also iPredict stock is mentioned at the bottom of the email and on the iPredict website you can create real money trades on political events - which could potentially give rise to insider trading - not just money but could Public Official's positions be traded for cash if you had inside knowledge?
Not a whole lot of money is traded usually but some Political Parties use the iPredict numbers when announcing polls. So this too could potentially be manipulated with cash injections.
At the end of the day Judith was gone and this story - a lot juicier!
In the news since the release of Nicky Hagar's book titled "Dirty Politics" is this alleged "Political Slimer". I always wondered who Cameron Slater was getting his information from - he always seemed to be ahead of the game.
His Daddy was the National Party President who head hunted John Key to join the National Party in the late 90's - now John Key is in charge of the SIS Intelligence and GSCB Spying agencies. It's making sense to me. We'll see if any of Nicky's revelations in the book stick... don't hold your breath.
Well for the last few weeks this lady has been in the news here in NZ. Justice Minister Judith "Crusher" Collins an MP of the National Party is trying to "staunch" her way out of a smelly little situation. Apparently it seems she has "Popped In" to see the Oravida folk in China, met with a Chinese border Official, endorsed a milk product of a company that her Husband is a Director, bumbled her way through excuses as to why she went to China on a Tax Payer funded trip when her Ministerial Portfolios do not require her to visit China. Conflict of Interest? As far as I'm aware she hasn't stated her official business there, so what else could it be?
To make the story even more interesting the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key has played golf with Oravida Company Directors on a number of occasions and Oravida has slipped tens of thousands of dollars into the National Party's back pocket... as all good golfing buddies do?! So don't be surprised if no action is taken by the PM even though the NZ Cabinet Manual states clearly that conflicts of Interest are not allowed - there's more golf and donations to be had - what's more important people!
By the way Judith goes by the nickname "Crusher" because of her hard exterior attitude and behavior when dealing with her political opposition... more like a crusher of all the virtues required from a person in her position.
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