Field to be prosecuted for “trying to be helpful to someone” and “working hard on behalf of his constituents”

The police have decidied to prosecute Taito Phillip Field for “trying to be helpful to someone” and “working hard on behelf of his constituents” 14 counts of bribery. It is very good that the police have decided to prosecute as it shows even a non-Labour MP is not above the law.

It is important to remember that the following statement was made by Helen Clark when the allegations against Field came to light. “I think the only thing he is probably guilty of is trying to be helpful to someone.” After a independent inquiry which was very damning of Field, Micheal Cullen said “Mr Field …. works incredibly hard on behalf of his constituents. … He works harder on those matters than I suspect the entire National Party caucus on constituency cases. If that is what he is guilty of, then I am sure he is happy to plead guilty to working hard on behalf of his constiuents”. It is also important to remember that the reason he was expelled from labour wasnt because of his corruption and bribery, or the fact he lied to the Ingram inquiry, or that he exploited the poor vulnerable workers labour pretends to help, but because he hinted he might not stand for Labour.

What should come as a suprise is not the governments tolerance of corruption. This is to be expected from a government that stole $800 000 from the taxpayer for electioneering, refused to pay the money back until forced to do so by public pressure, and finally passed retrospective legislation to legalise the theft of such money. Labour’s failure to punisg field for lying to the ingram inquiry should come as no suprise from a party that put out a pledge card accompanied by a brochure, paid for using stolen tapayers money in 1999, with the brochure saying “this card was paid for and delivered by Labour supporters” (see the speech by Don Brash here). What should come as a suprise is that an MP is actually going to be prosecuted for breaking the law, after choosing not to prosecute for stealing $800 000 of taxpayers money and election overspending by a massive 33%, paintergate or Benson-pope putting a tenis ball in someones mouth, despite prima farcie cases in all three times. But since Field’s no longer a Labour MP, it should come as no suprise, given that National MP Shane Arden was prosecuted for driving a tractor up the steps of Parliament.

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