Less from Lit­tle

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

When he tack­les world so­cial me­dia about breach­ing New Zealand sup­pres­sion or­ders in the Grace Mil­lane case, does Jus­tice and Treaty Ne­go­ti­a­tions Min­is­ter Andrew Lit­tle know what’s what? Well at least the dis­trict court judge got it right when re­fus­ing name sup­pres­sion, but then the ac­cused at­tracted most of the pub­lic­ity him­self by ap­peal­ing that de­ci­sion, which will sim­ply de­lay the in­evitable un­til late Jan­uary.

Re­ally, it makes lit­tle dif­fer­ence whether the ac­cused’s name is pub­lished now or later, and it’s ab­surd to sug­gest that his right to jus­tice has been prej­u­diced in any way.

Lit­tle has al­ready shown by his re­cent far­ci­cal of­fend­ers-only Jus­tice Fo­rum (vic­tims in­put ex­cluded), at­tended by 600 mal­con­tents cost­ing $1.5 mil­lion (twice the bud­geted cost) that he has scant re­gard for what the pub­lic think. Then of course he just splurged an­other $9 mil­lion, along with the oblig­a­tory fawn­ing po­lit­i­cal apol­ogy, on the Pir­i­haka Maori non­sense, in my view based on mis­truths and a cre­ative re­write of his­tory, not­with­stand­ing Ki­wis (the ir­rel­e­vant ma­jor­ity) are heartily sick of this stuff too.

Like­wise Lit­tle has lit­tle pub­lic sup­port for the Pike River re-en­try plan, cost­ing $36/40 mil­lion, which sim­ply re­wards con­sul­tants and con­trac­tors, with the likely out­come achiev­ing noth­ing. To be fair, Lit­tle is just the will­ing mes­sen­ger be­cause this lu­nacy was of course NZ First/Labour/Greens pol­icy.

The press­ing ques­tion is, do non­trans­par­ent un­ac­count­able left­ists and so­cial­ists dis­play­ing their usual ig­no­rance/arrogance while ig­nor­ing real­ity ever get it right? Frankly, to be hon­est, the du­plic­i­tous Na­tional Party are cur­rently no bet­ter. ROB PATER­SON


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