Sunday, April 12, 2009

Define "immediately" ...

WhaleOil has picked up on a concerted effort by the Labour Party and its union affiliates to discredit rising National MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. A host of Labour luminaries have lined up to have their say on this media release issued at 9.19pm on Good Friday - of interest in itself, confirming John Tamihere's observation in THAT interview that the Labour Party, like rust, never sleeps!

They are accusing Lotu-Iiga of double-dipping - something not entirely unknown in Labour circles. But what is worse is Su'a William Sio's outright lie when he says:

Associate Pacific Island Spokesperson Su'a William Sio, who is a former Manukau City Councillor, said when he entered Parliament midway through 2008 he resigned from the council immediately because it was impossible to do justice to both jobs.

Here's the facts. Sio became a member of Parliament on 29 March 2008, upon Dianne Yate's "transition" to a few cushy directorships. He resigned from the Manukau City Council on 9 May 2008.

Now the Webster's Online Dictionary defines "immediately" thus:

Without delay; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!".

A six-week delay is "without delay, with no time intervening "? Or is Su'a William Sio another of those Labour people who doesn't let the facts get in the way of a good story?


Pique Oil said...

The so called M P for palmy nth was so busy getting his next job sorted, he wasn't able to help us when the oil co assaulted us. He was "sympathetic" and at the same time he was busy geeting his hands into the public pocket twice over.
Question time for the Labour advocates of fair play and no double dipping.
Did Maharey double dip? If yes, for how long?
His behaviour cost Labour many votes (we like to think so anyway) because his dismissal of us was discussed along with every other part of the sorry saga.

Inventory2 said...

I guess PO that we are talking about the same Steve Maharey who told Palmy Noth citizens when he stood for council some years back that he had no intentions of seeking a seat in Parliament, then who stood for Parliament at the next election. Isn't it a shame that some of us have good memories of such events?

Piaque Oil said...

Aye the same one who also said
Politics pays better when asked why he was leaving academia for politics.