Apropos of the previous post:
The ODT can smell it:
Indeed, contempt is a word many voters might well be employing to describe the poisonous state of affairs where the MPs’ behaviour and standards have sunk so low as to bring the very concept of the “people’s representatives” into serious disrepair.
The Timaru Herald can smell it:
To put Mr Peters out to pasture, as Prime Minister Helen Clark should have, would have been to admit Labour were wrong in supporting him. So the man who once made a show of shunning the baubles of office drifts to the end of this Government’s term still holding the baubles, but without the office. Enough said.
The Press can smell it:
So why is it that for the next two months or more, until the shape of the next government is known, he is allowed to retain his ministerial salary and the other perks of the job? The only answer is that it is still politically expedient for Labour to let him cling to the baubles of office.
The Tarankai Daily News can smell it:
It’s a sweet lullaby of conspiracy and political back-stabbing, played on the strings of a David versus Goliath battle for survival; a lullaby perfectly pitched to filter out the clangs and bangs of common sense and truth and put the listener into a content, compliant trance over the next six weeks.
The NZ Herald can smell it:
It is stating the obvious to say Winston Peters should have resigned as a minister some time ago. And that he should go now, after the censure delivered by Parliament’s privileges committee. He will not, of course, and, the New Zealand First leader may even see a silver lining in that dark cloud. The Prime Minister has said she will not reinstate him as Foreign Minister, but that he will remain a minister without portfolio. As such, Mr Peters is free to hit the campaign trail with the salary and perks of a minister but none of the responsibilities. This farce will end with voters having to deliver the Don’t Come Monday letter on November 8.
Michael Bassett can smell it:
Overtly buying political influence by giving large donations to parties and murky private trusts like the Spencer Trust appears on the face of it to be corruption of a kind that has been foreign to New Zealand, and which is always likely to bring any Parliament into disrepute. When will these matters be investigated by the Privileges Committee? Why has Winston, who has always posed as a friend of the old and the vulnerable, been spreading tens of millions of dollars of public money on wealthy racing magnates who don’t need it, rather than on better health care and services for his supporters? And in particular, why has the Prime Minister been a party to all of this by allowing her ministry to fund Winston’s backers? There is much yet that needs unearthing about this whole murky business.
Colin Espiner can smell it:
. . . it meant Labour and Winston Peters failed to pervert the cause of justice and will of the majority despite the most underhand of tactics. As I’ve said below in this post, Labour’s attempt to politicise the committee and discredit its findings was shameful – amongst the worst things the party has done in the past nine years, in my opinion.
We know Labour and New Zealand First can’t but we won’t know until election night how many of their supporters are prepared to hold their noses.
If you’ve been following my posts over the past week you may have noticed that I’m just a wee bit grumpy about the clocks going forward this early.
In support of that I offer the following evidence:
1) Dunedin’s forecast for the next few days:
2) Snow in Queenstown
3) I’ve just been talking to a friend at Dome Hills who tells me it’s snowing there too.
4) Dutchie left a comment on a previous post to say he’d got stuck in snow while campaigning today.
It might be summer in the North Island but it’s not even late spring down here.
NZPA notes media reports from Beijing which say Sanlu, in which Fonterra has a 43% stake may be sold to its rival Sanyuan Food Company:
Sanlu group may be forced into bankruptcy and taken over by Sanyuan, the China Daily reported.
Fonterra, the world’s biggest dairy trader, owns 43 percent of Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co., but to day told the Wall Street Journal that it hasn’t been approached about selling its stake.
“No one has contacted our people on the board about a purchase,” Fonterra chief executive Andrew Ferrier said.
. . . A Sanyuan official, who refused to give her name, confirmed to the China Daily the company’s acquisition plans.
Sanyuan has emerged untainted in the recent milk scandal. As a result, its share prices have soared and sales skyrocketed.
This confirms yesterday’s post on Inquiring Mind.
Problems with products contaminated by melamine in the wake of the poisoned milk scandal have spread beyond China’s borders.
Baby cereal in Hong Kong and snack foods in Japan which contain Chinese milk have been found to contain melamine.
And baby animals at the Hangzhou Wild Animal Park near Shanghai have kidney stones after being fed milk powder.