14 counts of bribery for El Jefe

Well the day has finally arrived that El Jefe will be charged and the police have decided that 14 counts of bribery will be the charges. Of course they are now able to charge him because he is no longer a Labour MP and clearly no longer above the law.

The Police have confirmed that they intend to charge former Labour Minister and MP Taito Phillip Field with 14 charges of bribery, relating to actions he took as a Labour MP.

At this point in time, we should remind ourselves of what our Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister said in defence of Mr Field. David farrar has kindly provided us with some quotes.

On the 14th of September 2005, in an attempt to bury the issue before the election, Clark said:

[quote]"I think the only thing he is probably guilty of is trying to be helpful to someone."[/quote]

Even worse is Michael Cullen. For at least Clark made her defence before the Ingram Report. But here is what Dr Cullen said *after* the Ingram Report came out, which was damning of Field:

[quote]So Mr Field has some matters to work through with the Labour leadership and the Labour whips. But he works incredibly hard on behalf of his constituents. He has people coming to him from all over Auckland for assistance, not just in immigration cases but in many other cases. He works harder on those matters than I suspect the entire National Party caucus does 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 constituents.[/quote]

And finally David also helpfully points out that El Jefe was kicked out of the Labour Party not because he had shamed the NZ Parliament, not because he exploited vulnerable workers, not because he lied to the Ingram Inquiry, not because he behaved disgracefully, and not because he may be corrupt. He was kicked out for musing openly on the possibility of not standing for Labour.