Taking a cynical view of the political damage to the government over the past week, I am compelled to reflect on words (which now appear to be of great wisdom) uttered by past Labour Leaders. (1)
Sir Wallace Rowling once said:
“As you find out once again in politics, don’t worry about your enemies, you can see them. It’s your friends you have to worry about. They come from behind.”
Not long after that, Mike Moore said:
“It’s in the opposite Party that members find their opponents and in their own Party they find their enemies.”
As I look upon the damage (as I perceive), of blowback on capital gains tax recommendations inflicted on the Labour Party component of the coalition government, I would say:
“With friends like Sir Michael Cullen, who needs enemies.”
For all the economic acumen which may underpin the finding of the taxation review committee, at the end of the day, politics is about being in power.
Being in oppositions is a waste of time even attending the House.
I’ve been in both camps.
If I was an ardent Labour supporter, I would say:
“Hey Mike! Why did you not introduce capital gains tax when you were finance minister?’
Beat to the Beehive, Harlen Press 1989,p 3.
After 21 years as a cop, Meurant resigned with the commissioned rank of inspector O/C Criminal Intelligence Section & V.I.P. Security; a nationwide profile role as a Red Squad riot group commander and an earlier reputation as a ruthless detective with a tendency to enforce the rule of police.
During 9 years as a Member of Parliament and the Executive as Under Secretary, he was accused of being an arms trader; was fired from the Executive by Jim Bolger for having a perceived conflict of interests (becoming a director of a Russian bank) and started the first political party to be registered under MMP.
After 4 years in the wilderness teaching kids to ride horse and property developing, he returned to Wellington as parliamentary adviser to Rt Hon Winston Peters where allegations of conflicted interests with roles he had with three major fishing companies and a race horse baron and later in false allegations of corruption culminating in the Scampi Enquiry.
From 2005 Ross lived abroad pursuing commercial options in Zimbabwe, the Balkans, Czech Rep, Syria, Russia, Morocco, UAE, Iran & North Korea.
Today in New Zealand he is trustee and managing director of NZ forestry and property assets owned by absentee Russians & Honorary Consul for Morocco.
Ross has a B.A. in politics; a Master’s in economics and law and COPs in law. He speaks Russian, rides horses and water-skis.
He is the author of:
Two biographies: The Red Squad Story & Beat to the Beehive.
Two novels: The Syrian Connection & Sex, Power and politics.