Monday, May 11, 2009

Credit where credit's due!

The Herald carries a story this morning about allegations against former Labour MP Richard Northey. Have a read of this:

Former Labour MP Richard Northey has been accused of riffling through papers at the opening of National MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga's electorate office.

Mr Northey yesterday said the allegations were nonsense. All he had done was pick up a couple of invitations with the approval of Mr Lotu-Iiga's electorate secretary.

But the first-term Maungakiekie MP said he was given a different version of events by the secretary, Jenny Collins, and others.

He planned to talk to Mr Northey today about his "inappropriate behaviour".

"The witnesses were saying he was snooping around the desk," he said. "I'm a little bit offended by it if it is true."

Mr Northey was a guest of Mr Lotu-Iiga at Friday's office opening in Onehunga Mall.

Firstly, if the allegations against Northey are true, it is outrageous behaviour on his part, and he should immediately resign his council role. It is a blatant misuse of his position, and grossly insulting towards his host and fellow councillor.

But secondly, this is not a new story. WhaleOil broke it first on Friday, with further revelations and witness accounts last night, and another dose this morning. The least that the Herald could do is give him a hat-tip, as is the custom in the blogosphere, given that their "scoop" is something like 60 hours out of date.

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