The NZ Police top brass are gutless wonders.
If you’re doing 5Kms over the limit on your way to work to make some money to pay your taxes to pay their wages, its ZERO tolerance.
If you’re a farmer in a remote area and you shoot some hood trying to steal your property, the police will prosecute, cost you a 100K, knowing they won’t get a conviction, because its in the “public interest“.
If you are the ruling party and you commit a blatant breach of the law, its “no worries mate“.
Here are a few comments on the police decision not to prosecute Labour for their 400K overspend in the 2005 election.
“What does a Labour Minister need to do to get prosecuted?
The police also found a prima facie case against Helen Clark in 2002, after she signed a painting that she didn’t paint. Then in 2004 the Prime Ministerial motorcade was caught speeding, but Ms Clark let police officers take the rap.
More recently, police found a prima facie case against David Benson-Pope, but decided not to prosecute.
There are two laws in New Zealand – and Labour Ministers carry with them a ‘get out of jail free’ card. Here’s a government that passes laws at the drop of a hat, but thinks they only apply to other people.
It’s wrong that Helen Clark and the Labour party are constantly put above the law that everyone else in New Zealand has to obey”.
Unbelievable. The Police in NZ have shown that they are indeed the playthings of the Labour administration and will allow them to get away with everything, while punishing other ministers outside of Labour for small infringements.
I am shocked they went as far as they did this time with the Labour election overspending. This I believe is going to start the beginning of the end for whoever is pulling the strings in Police HQ. Once National wins the next election their heads are going to roll SO FAST they won’t even hear their bodies hit the floor.
I am disgusted. The Police have said they will issue a warning [oh how scary] to Labour if they infringe again, but despite *another* prima facie finding of the law being broken, there will be no prosecutions at all. Fucking Incredible.
I actually agreed with Police decisions not to prosecute for paintergate, for Hodgson’s technical assault and for Benson Pope’s assaults. While I was critical of the Ministers making excuses for what they did, I have said that the offending wasn’t so serious as to need prosecution. I have been relatively balanced on the Police using their discretion.
However this case is very different. The over-spending was massive and letting them off just makes a mockery of having spending limits. A $400,000 over-spend is huge.
The Police rationale is also bizarre. You see they have found a prima facie case in relation to the pledge card not being authorised but have said they do not have enough evidence on the charge of over-spending.
Now if you conclude that the pledge card needed to be authorised, then you have concluded it is an election activity because otherwise it would not need authorisation. And if you have done that then that must count towards their spending limit. I can’t see how it can be one but not the other.
My respect for the NZ Police have just shrunk to near zero. Both the Chief Electoral Officer and the Electoral Commission independently concluded that the pledge card was election spending and Labour over-spent. For the Police to conclude otherwise against the two specialist agencies is astonishing.
Well this has really fired me up and my motto is don’t get mad, get even. If one needed motivation for 2008 you now have it.