And we have yet another set of Pike River lies demolished by the truth…
Judith Collins is distancing herself from comments she made last year that Pike River Mine was an “inferno” and a “terrible mess” following four explosions in November 2010.
She was Police Minister at the time of the disaster, and discussed the state of the mine with Paul Henry during a National Party leadership bid on Dec 7 2016.
“I was then Minister of Police. I know about the infernos that were there and I know what happened. And I can tell you, it’s just a terrible mess,” she said.
Her comment was along the same lines as what other ministers and officials have always said about the state of the mine’s interior – that an inferno ripped through the mine and reduced everything to dust.
But that image is in stark contrast to footage revealed by Newshub last night from inside the deepest part of the mine, which shows no sign of an inferno.
…so she lied and now doesn’t;t was to get exposed lying.
This latest Pike River Mine lie joins older lies like the claim family had seen all the footage when they hadn’t and that the footage showed rescue staff far further inside the mine than had been acknowledged…
Video from inside Pike River shows a robot that appears to emit smoke or steam when it overheats, but there’s no fire or even a flame.
Police have kept the video, which was exclusively obtained by Newshub, from the families of killed miners.
…and that lie follows yet older lies.
Remember Key’s original lie?
The first thing is I’m here to give you absolute reassurance, we’re committed to getting the boys out, and nothing’s going to change that. So – when people try and tell you we’re not, they’re playing, I hate to say it, but they’re playing with your emotions.
Remember the lie of throwing Kate Wilkinson under the bus in the hope of cleaning the Government’s hands of blood?
Remember Simon Bridges promising us in the wake of Pike River that the Government were “committed to improving health and safety at work” yet gave us bullshit laws that exempted Dairy Farms and left out our most dangerous jobs?
It was a lie when Key promised help for a private prosecution.
Then Key highlighted just how much he had lied when he refused to pay compensation.
The truth is that we have collectively allowed Unions to be weakened to a shadow of their former selves and workplace safety is now a privatised cost to avoid rather than a public obligation to shoulder.
This Government have lied, lied and lied again about what happened at Pike River, it is time this madness ended.