The Dim-Post

February 26, 2010

Two theories

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 6:36 am

1. There is more to come.

2. Heatley couldn’t handle the pressure he’s been under this week; it seems silly to resign when your PM has offered to stand you down pending an investigation but it might make sense if you haven’t slept or kept any food down for four days.

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19 Comments »

  1. There was already more. And there is more to come.

    I’m surprised but glad the standard has become a bit higher. What I find really galling is that on Newstalk ZB they were outraged that Heatley had resigned. Just two bottles of wine. Filing the wrong category “food AND beverages” instead of “food OR beverages”.

    Really. How much slack do people think a shop thief should get if they steal just two bottles of wine? Just two bottles, no big deal. Just pay it back boy. Is white collar crime really less important than other forms?

    Comment by Berend de Boer — February 26, 2010 @ 7:03 am

  2. Man, if Heatley couldn’t handle this he really chose the wrong profession. This should be water off a duck’s back to someone who’s been around a decade. I’m taking door no.1

    Comment by Guy Smiley — February 26, 2010 @ 7:04 am

  3. He’s apparently had several warnings about full disclosure of expenditure.

    JC

    Comment by JC — February 26, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  4. since he has resigned it can’t have been for the right reasons. If he hadn’t resigned that would not have been for the right reasons either.

    the only possible option is to exist in a combination of the two states and not collapse.

    Comment by Neil — February 26, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  5. “I’m surprised but glad the standard has become a bit higher. What I find really galling is that on Newstalk ZB they were outraged that Heatley had resigned”

    Wait until National hold’s a one seat majority and then we will see how high the standard is

    Comment by max — February 26, 2010 @ 8:45 am

  6. Filing the wrong category “food AND beverages” instead of “food OR beverages”.

    It’s a bit like billing your hotel as ‘travel and accomodation’ instead of just ‘accomodation’. The other problem is that Gerry Brownlee did the same thing. Don’t see him resigning. And the PM asked him NOT to resign. The whole deal’s pretty weird.

    Comment by danylmc — February 26, 2010 @ 8:48 am

  7. He’s apparently had several warnings about full disclosure of expenditure.

    So? Really, perhaps I’m over-estimating the intelligence of our political classes, but it seems an utter no-brainer to me that there is no way anything connected with a party conference constitutes ministerial business. Sorry for stating the bleeding obvious…

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 26, 2010 @ 9:11 am

  8. Berend, the thing is he says he’s resigning because, in your terms, he claimed to have stolen food and drink, when he’d actually only stolen drink.

    Comment by lyndon — February 26, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  9. There’s got to be something more behind it all

    Comment by Michael Stevens — February 26, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  10. Why, Michael? Because what’s already in the public sphere isn’t enough of a judgement fail? Seriously, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, a cigar is just a sign that you like smoking not a repressed desire to suck cock.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 26, 2010 @ 9:38 am

  11. “There’s got to be something more behind it all”

    It’s a well planned distraction from National’s intent to mine the conversation estate.

    Comment by Neil — February 26, 2010 @ 9:43 am

  12. It’s a well planned distraction from National’s intent to mine the conversation estate.

    No so much “well-planned” as displaying a quite implausible prescience on the part of both Heatley and the DomPost.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 26, 2010 @ 11:05 am

  13. Call yourself a leftie, Danyl? The Geniuses at The Standard have come up with a whole lot more theories than just two. I am eagerly awaiting one that shows a link to 911.

    Comment by Pat — February 26, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  14. Pish posh, the obvious reason is that Heatleys’ dog ate the receipts. Now in normal circumstances parliamentary services would have accepted this excuse but he failed to declare under the dog ate homework cost code and now process has to be followed.

    Back on planet earth this is not so much a whitewash as a blue rinse.

    Comment by expat — February 26, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  15. If he was warned about it, and still cocked up, then he’s either an idiot or an egotist. Possibly an egotistical idiot. I’M A VIP, DAMMNIT!

    Comment by progger — February 26, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

  16. Seriously, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, a cigar is just a sign that you like smoking not a repressed desire to suck cock.

    Freud, or Kinsey?

    Comment by Phil — February 26, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  17. Cigars, cigars? Didn’t they pop up somewhere else in politics?

    Comment by expat — February 26, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

  18. Cigars, cigars? Didn’t they pop up somewhere else in politics?

    Before I answer that question, can you please provide a definition of ‘they’?

    Comment by Phil — February 26, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  19. I would however I suspect that would take the discussion on an excursion down Oxford St a la sausage.

    Comment by expat — February 26, 2010 @ 1:43 pm


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