ed: readers can probably tell from the headline that this is no robust defence of bill the double-dipper from dipton..
what should be attempted here is a compare/contrast between the two – of the misdeeds both have fessed up to…
on the one hand we have a struggling solo-parent (and i’ve been there – i know what walking that path is like…it fucken sucks..and poverty/desperation can drive many to do what they can – just to survive)
and turei when solo-parent didn’t declare having flatmates to the earlier version of winz…
and i believe if we could pinpoint on a map of nz all of those who have been in similar parlous situations – of day to day scrabbling to survive/put food on the table..(after the gutting of family-support/cutting of benefits perpetrated by richardson/shipley/bolger…may they rot in a special corner of hell..eh..?)
(then of course there is/was the dealing with the hideous vagaries of/from interacting with uncaring/blank-faced ‘gummint’-officials – there is a treatise begging in/on just that subject..)..
if we could find all those new zealanders who have not declared flatmates or not declared relationships to winz – the map of nz would be ablaze from the pinpricks of the lawbreakers..
that is a fact – so it is clear that metiria turei is not alone on this – she is speaking for/representing many new zealanders..
and then if we could reconfigure that map to detail premeditated/deliberate-fraud of gummint-money(not winz related) the map would be far more patchy..
but there would be a very bright spark/glow coming from dipton in the lower south island..
‘cos that is where the rort on the taxpayers by bill (the double-dipper) english was centred..
and here the contrasts with the circumstances facing turei could not be more stark..
when he did his deliberate rort bill english was living high on the hog – on a parliamentary income – living in state-subsidised housing – an expense-account the size of a small mack-truck – and with a wife who is a working doctor..
this was the size/scope of the english family income at that time..
by any measure they were living high on that aformentioned hog..
and/yet bill english set out to get even more money – by falsely claiming more income/even more gummint-monies by falsely declaring that he and his family lived in that paris of the south – dipton…
..whereas in fact they had been long domiciled in wellington..
now these are the facts of this compare/contrast…
the outcome for english when sprung (he did not fess-up – as turei did..another compare/contrast worth noting..eh.?..)..was that he paid the money back…and end of story..no standing down as minister – no resigning (as is demanded of turei..)..and he is now prime minister..w.t.f..!..eh..?
the outcome for turei..?..despite her offers/promises to do what english did – and pay all monies back – there are calls for her head/resignation – and she forced to rule herself out for a cabinet-role..(which is a bloody shame/crime in its’ own right – new zealand is screaming out for a minister with the skills/ability/commitments metiria turei has in spades..once again..w.t.f..!..)
so why is it ok for english with his deliberate rort not being worthy of the punishments desired/meted out to turei – for her not declaring flatmates..?…(i am running out of my allocated w.t.f.!’s here..)
the compare/contrast can be broken down even further – with the english rort a 4-5/10 on the crime scale – and tureis’ non-declaration of flatmates a 1.5…at most…
(and i am not even going near this latest attempt to whip up a brouhaha against turei – by that callow-youth impersonator from act/epsom…
and it is setting a new benchmark in hypocrisy for the callow-youth impersonator (i can never remember his name..) to claim that turei ‘manipulated the electoral-system’ by voting in a seat she was not registered in..once..way back..
whereas his whole bloody political-existance is prevaricated on a deliberate-rort of the spirit/intent of the electoral-system – every day..eh..?..
so if we once again have turei at a 1.5/10 ranking for her ‘electoral-crime’ – the callow-youth impersonator would be up around 6-7..each and every day..(sorry..!..i have run out of w.t.f.!’s..)
so in summary i would urge metiria turei to hang tough – and most especially to hang in there..do not resign..!..
this bullshit/storm-in-a-teacup too will pass…
..and in the future turei will step into the role new zealand needs her for…
and a recommended-exercise for turei to do if tempted/pressured to resign – would be to ask herself:
‘what would bill do..?’..
and to just take it from there..