Oh dear, this looks potentially disastrous…
A National Party Minister contacted a top ranking police officer after a wealthy businessman with close ties to him was arrested on domestic violence charges.
The Prime Minister was alerted to the phone call from Maurice Williamson following Herald inquiries with police. It is understood his office has questioned Mr Williamson over his involvement with Donghua Liu’s criminal case.
…poor Maurice, he’s gotten terribly confused hasn’t he? He thinks that National’s mates rates cronyism extends to those rich buddies who bash their partners. That’s not true, that’s only available to the highest appointed members of the National Party.
National’s mates rates cronyism is limited to Milk companies their partners run, corporate Hollywood when it bashes unions, friendly media outlets like Mediaworks, casinos like Sky City, Rio Tinto, private schools, Charter schools, South Canterbury Finance, Farmers and tax cuts for the rich.
Who does Maurice think he is by trying to smooth over a domestic abuse case? The President of the National Party? While we all agree politicians should help their constituents, contacting Police over a domestic abuse case for someone sinking $70million into a project and whom Maurice has lobbied for in the past starts to fail the scratch and sniff test doesn’t it?
Let’s see if the media actually stay on this latest example of the disgusting cronyism that infects and corrupts all parts of National’s decision making process or whether Whaleoil will miraculously be handed something about David Cunliffe’s ancestors that will deflect attention?
My guess is that desperate for a distraction, Paula Bennett will announce a new policy to make all welfare recipients mandatory organ donors.
If this is all true, he must resign as a Minister. It’s simply unacceptable to be as involved as he is reported to have been.