National have gotten away with corruption again. Just like our Alpha Police force who can never admit being wrong, the supposed checks and balances built into our Democracy are loath to ever really challenge the Executive because the Executive is sovereign.
So we get this whitewash report that Murray MCully kinda acted within the law. Nothing to see here folks, just a Senior Minister paying an $11million dollar bribe to a Saudi Businessman in the sad hope that we can get a free trade deal with Saudi Arabia, a country with one of the worst Human Rights records on the planet and who is also one of the biggest funders of extremism.
You know, just another day in NZ. No one checked if McCully’s claim of a $30m legal threat was even real, no one has seen an assessment of the money used, no one can explain why so many of the sheep died and no one can explain what ongoing benefit this breeding program gives NZ.
We’ve just trusted Uncle Muzza with $11million to try and cut a dodgy deal for reasons that are mercenary and without any actual ethics. Yay!
Saudi Arabia crucifies human beings – just think about that for a second. Do we really want a free trade deal with a country that crucifies human beings? To be told that we not only are attempting to in fact cut a free trade deal with a country that whips women for being raped, we fucking well spent $11million trying to bribe these buggers to get that trade deal!
And the bribe might not have been enough!
The issue is not that Murray McCully and the National Party are unethical pigs who’d sell their own grandmothers into slavery if it meant making a buck, the issue is why the Christ we are trying to bribe a Saudi businessmen to trade with the worst human rights abusers on the planet.