The Jackal

1 Aug 2014

Banks follows fathers footsteps

For over three years after it became common knowledge that John Banks had intentionally filed a false electoral return, the National led government has relied on the disgraced MP's support to pass numerous controversial policies.

Unfortunately National was allowed to continue using a fraudster’s support because the police decided not to pursue the case against John Banks. In light of recent events, it appears that undue influence has caused the police to make that incorrect decision; especially considering that other disgraced National MPs have been caught trying to manipulate active police investigations.

Instead of doing the right thing and immediately dismissing the errant Minister, John Key decided not to even bother reading the evidence put under his nose showing that Banks is a crook! He did this because the right wing agenda of asset stripping was hanging on by a thread, a thread that relied on the Prime Minister accepting Banks’ weak assurances.

Banks’ assurances were proven entirely false today, with TVNZ reporting:

John Banks convicted, could face jail time

Former Act Party leader John Banks has been convicted of filing a false electoral return.

There was no application for a discharge without conviction when he appeared in the High Court in Auckland this morning.

He is due to be sentenced today.

A conviction that clearly shows John Key's judgment was completely wrong when he claimed:

He's (John Banks) been an honest straightforward guy who's dedicated his life to try and make a difference to others.

The only difference Banks has made is to further undermine the integrity of parliament and help an illegitimate government pass socially destructive legislation into law. The former Act party leader clearly has no integrity and neither does the Prime Minister for continuing to allow a fraudster to remain a member of parliament for so long.

Mr Banks was found guilty last month of filing a false electoral return relating to two $25,000 donations from internet millionaire, Kim Dotcom, for his failed 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign.

So much for Key holding his Minister's to a higher standard. Although Banks resigned from his Ministerial portfolios back in October, he was allowed to remain an MP because without his support the government could have faced a vote of no confidence.

Mr Banks faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

I hope they're warming up Archie Banks' old prison cell, but I presume his son and convicted fraudster will be given a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket.

Update: Members of the old boys club don't do time.

31 Jul 2014

Who do you believe?

On the back of numerous controversies that have plagued the National led government over the last few weeks, the left wing block of Labour and the Greens have managed to increase their support from 38.5% to 42% in the latest Roy Morgan poll.

At the same time John Key has floundered in the face of mounting opposition to his corrupt and incompetent regime. Because of this, the National party has shed a whopping 5 percentage points of support, which puts them well within range of an effective left wing campaign.

However there was another poll reported on One News tonight that's had far less attention, a poll showing that a majority of New Zealanders no longer trust the Prime Minister, John Key.

In the lead up to an election how terrible it must be for team Key to have a poll showing that most people no longer believe in the Prime Minister. Considering the numerous cases of his dishonesty, it's little wonder that more voters believe what Kim Dotcom says compared to old Teflon John. He is after all only top dog because he 's the best and most accomplished liar!

Let’s hope that the results in this poll are reflected in the September election and we get a government that conducts itself with some integrity, an honest left wing government that New Zealand actually deserves.

Oily pigs at the trough

We all know that National MP Simon Bridges is a lackey for the oil and gas industry. But what wasn't readily apparent is just how much taxpayer's money the Energy and Resources Minister is willing to throw at his oil baron masters.

While the government is making numerous and severe cuts that have caused many public services to decline or no longer be available, National MP's are living it up and throwing elaborate parties for their mates with no expenses spared.

Today, the NZ Herald reported:

Spending on oil barons draws criticism

Minister says $22,000 on food and drink over four days isn’t a misuse of Government money.

Mr Bridges yesterday revealed the breakdown of the $237,000 in taxpayers' money that went towards the New Zealand Oil & Gas Summit 2011.

It included:

• $22,000 on catering, including meals at top restaurants Martin Bosley's and Logan Brown

• $37,000 on accommodation at the Intercontinental Hotel

• $12,000 on corporate box Rugby World Cup hosting

• $10,000 on activities, including a sailing trip and a winery tour

• $20,000 on a welcome reception

• $40,000 on a one-day seminar

The remaining $96,000 is understood to have gone towards event and project management.

How on earth was Simon Bridges able to waste $96,000 on event management?

The government spending a quarter of a million dollars on wining and dining oil execs is bad enough, especially when there's no measurable financial return for such a huge investment, but when you consider that many Kiwi families are struggling to even put food on the table then such expenditure is entirely unacceptable!

These people are rich enough to pay for themselves and don't require government handouts. Furthermore, the government already subsidizes the oil and gas industry to the tune of $81 million dollars per year, so why should we provide them with any further taxpayer incentives to do business in New Zealand?

This blatant troughing must end and the best way to do that is to change the government in September.

30 Jul 2014

Israel celebrates killing of children

As the Israeli bombardment and occupation of Gaza intensifies with Unicef estimating that 230 Palestinian children have been killed to date, the international response to numerous Israeli war crimes appears to be floundering. Although an investigation will be conducted, without American support for economic sanctions and other measures to coerce Israel into a peaceful solution even the United Nations appears unable to ensure a halt to the bloodshed.

Such a slow and ineffective international response to what can only be described as attempted ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is in clear breach of International humanitarian laws specifically designed to safeguard peaceful civilians and ensure they aren’t caught up in other people's conflicts.

In complete disregard for the unconditional rules of warfare, the Israelis are actively targeting schools, playgrounds, hospitals and innocent people's homes in clear violation of the Geneva Convention, which was ratified by Israel way back in 1951.

Despite a strong propaganda campaign in order to try and justify their entirely unjust war against the people of Palestine, Israel's clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention with such abhorrent acts of barbarism has ensured worldwide criticism, condemnation that will have widespread implications for the rogue and terrorist nation, Israel.

Here are a few of the Palestinian children killed or injured in the conflict:

If that killing and maiming of innocent children wasn't bad enough, the Israelis are actually celebrating their atrocious war crimes. Not only are the Zionists cheering on the bombardment of Gaza from the sidelines, they're openly dancing in the streets and chanting about just how great it is to kill innocent Palestinian children.

Yesterday, The Times of Israel reported:

Far-right Israelis celebrate Gaza kids’ deaths

In video from Tel Aviv demonstration, crowd can be seen chanting, ‘There is no school tomorrow; there are no children left in Gaza’

Video has emerged of far-right Israeli protesters celebrating the death of children in Gaza during a counter-demonstration to an anti-war rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square over the weekend

“There is no school tomorrow; there are no children left in Gaza,” the men can be seen chanting as part of a roughly formed song that also included the stanzas “I hate all the Arabs” and “Gaza is a cemetery.”

The mob also called for Israeli Arabs to be stripped of their citizenship.

No wonder people are saying the Israelis are acting like Nazis.

Here's the video of Israelis in Tel Aviv celebrating the death of children in Gaza.

What a bunch of sick and soulless bastards!

Real men say sorry

There are a couple of universal truths that all men should be aware of. Firstly, it takes a bigger man to walk away. Of course men can be accused of being weak if they don't confront their problems with violence, but in most cases giving into the urge to do violence is where the weakness really lies.

Another truth is that real men say sorry.

That’s why I was pleased to see the David Cunliffe inform a Women's Refuge forum in Auckland at the beginning of the month that Labour would fund refuges an extra $15 million per year. David Cunliffe also said:

"Can I begin by saying I'm sorry," he said.

"I don't often say it. I'm sorry for being a man right now, because family and sexual violence is perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women and children.

"So the first message to the men out there is: wake up, stand up and man up and stop this bullshit!"

Clearly David Cunliffe has the emotional fortitude and intellectual acumen to understand that violence against woman and children is a problem that all men must stand up against. Like the anti-drink driving adverts, men must stop their mates from abusing woman and children. If we don’t, then we’re partly responsible for the terrible amounts of domestic violence that occurs throughout New Zealand.

Of course the right wing cherry picked the “I'm sorry for being a man” part of Cunliffe’s speech and badly misrepresented what he actually meant. Instead of acknowledging that all men have a role to play in stopping violence against woman and children, they vilified the leader of the opposition for political gain. This wasn't just bad for Labour's poll ratings, it was bad for domestic violence in general as well. Instead of promoting the core message, the media belittled somebody who was trying to get men to unite against a serious problem. They in fact made it even harder for men to do something about their and their mates domestic violence issues.

The contrast to the current Prime Minister couldn’t be more apparent. Last week John Key went back on his word and decided not to apologise for the government's bungling that resulted in a Malaysian diplomat accused of attempted rape being allowed to return back to Malaysia. Despite John Key’s assurances, he may never return to New Zealand to face justice.

What really pisses me off about all this is that John Key says the government’s mismanagement wasn’t very serious and therefore he isn’t going to say sorry for his administration allowing the accused rapist to get away.

However it appears the real reason Key has decided not to apologise is because Tania Billingsley spoke out publicly against the government.

In changing his mind about acknowledging Ministerial and departmental fault Key is implying that the victim doesn’t have a right to speak out. By doing this the Prime Minister is in fact helping to perpetuate and facilitate rape culture.

John Key’s failure to apologise appropriately (apparently because the case isn’t serious enough) begs the question as to what exactly constitutes a serious enough case to warrant an apology?

When traffic and train delays caused some Rugby World Cup fans to miss the opening game, John Key made a well-publicized apology. When court documents showed that the GCSB had carried out illegal surveillance on Kim Dotcom, Key made an apology. Why then can he not make an apology to Tania Billingsley for the government's obvious failings?