Keeping admirably mum about Mike and the cops and the murky matter of who said what to whom

February 10, 2015

Mrs Grumble phoned during the boring bit of Parliamentary proceedings today to recommend giving a Sergeant Schultz award to Police Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Woodhouse won plaudits from her for his skill at saying nothing about his role in the Mike Sabin matter.

Well, almost nothing.

He  refused – again – to confirm whether he was briefed by Police about Sabin.

‘But he  said he was “absolutely” confident he had handled the situation properly.

If he handled the matter properly without being briefed by the Police, of course, he is entitled to another award, this one for  prowess in the Police portfolio while being kept in the dark.

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If Anne Tolley wasn’t such a plod, her Labour counterpart might now be locked up

November 29, 2013
"Oh dear, I can't find the key."

“And then I will throw away the key.”

It’s disappointing to say this about a colleague, but Police Minister Anne Tolley being much too blinkered about shadow police minister Jacinda Ardern.

What’s more, she seriously lacks imagination.

As a consequence of her somewhat plodding approach to denying her Labour opponent access to the country’s cop shops, Ardern has gained media coverage by bleating about being “banned” from visiting police stations.

If Tolley had allowed the visits to proceed, members of the public would have no cause to wonder if the Minister is being much too authoritarian and Ardern hard done by.

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It’s no bad thing to say sorry sometimes, but the cops are faster to apprehend than apologise

March 2, 2011

"And if the complaints authority says we shouldn't have done this, we might consider an apology."

Sports broadcaster Tony Veitch shouldn’t hold his breath on the matter of the apology from the police that was suggested by The Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The authority last week said the cops should apologise to Veitch – or rather, consider apologising – after a file containing unsubstantiated claims relating to his 2008 assault on Kristin Dunne-Powell (his girl friend at the time) was released to media.

But the cops don’t do apologies.

Not in a hurry, anyway.

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All becomes clear when you know the missing diver found far away in Clive is an economist

January 14, 2011

It’s been a funny old business, the disappearance of that diver around Titahi Bay who finished up alive and well in Hawke’s Bay .

Nah, it obviously had nothing to do with the tides. He got to the Hawke’s Bay, we may suppose, over land.

But meanwhile a major search effort was under way for him in the bloody sea.

And then you learn that the bugger who disappeared on one side of the North Island and turned up on the other side is an economist.

Economists notoriously get it wrong when they tell us where we are going and how long it will take to get there.

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Yes, we know about the anger of a slain Sikh’s widow – now let’s find why the cops were tardy

March 5, 2010

When, oh when, will the news media stop beating the drum about a widow’s anger at the police delay in entering the liquor store where her husband was murdered almost two years ago?

The newspapers have regurgitated the story about her anger again today. The Herald says –

The widow of slain liquor store owner Navtej Singh believes police delays hindered her husband’s chances of survival, and is demanding answers over their actions.

Harjinder Kaur comforted her fatally wounded husband in their Manurewa store as police waited outside for 26 minutes, despite 111 staff having been assured the armed robbers had fled.

In the High Court at Auckland yesterday, as is being widely reported, one of the six men accused of Mr Singh’s murder, Anitelea Chan Kee, 22, was found guilty.
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Anderton delivers – 17 years late

September 12, 2009

(as dictated to Mrs Grumble)

Alf is amazed at the brazen gall of Jim Anderton, pathetic member for Wigram.

The Progressive Party’s one-man band has issued a press statement headed “Jim delivers on his promise”.


A promise made 20 years ago.

But Anderton is braying:

Twenty years ago, local MP Jim Anderton was promised funding to build a new police station in Sydenham. He put out a press release to announce the good news.
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Hurrah: Govt to put more cops on the beat

June 16, 2009

Crusher Collins is putting more cops on the beat – something the public has been demanding for years.

We can be sure she will point this out when – as seems inevitable to the well-seasoned Alf – Labour takes issue with plans to reduce the Police car fleet.

The Police Commissioner’s Office has started warning affected units that part of the fleet is to be axed as a cost-cutting measure, a source told the Herald yesterday.

The directive had “come from the top” and was “non-negotiable”.

The Herald understands it could mean as much as 10 per cent of the fleet being taken off the nation’s roads.
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The long arm of the law

April 24, 2009

Alf was tickled by the tale of the cop whose hot pursuit of a tour bus led to his collaring a 75-year-old Taiwanese shoplifter.

But it took a 160km chase to make the arrest.

NZPA brings us the story of the elderly tourist who sparked the pursuit (and who has been granted police diversion for shoplifting).

The 75-year-old Taiwanese woman was in Te Anau with a group of tourists on Wednesday when she left a gift shop without paying for a jacket she was wearing.

By the time police arrived, the tour bus had left for Queenstown.

It took Te Anau police constable James Ure 160km to finally attract the attention of the bus driver, who pulled over on the outskirts of Queenstown.

The pensioner told police she thought her husband had paid for the jacket.

Philatelist puts his stamp on Mt Albert campaign

April 24, 2009

Alf is tempted to move to Wellington. Only temporarily, mind you.

He would like to exercise his democratic right and not vote for Jackson James Wood, editor of the student magazine Salient and a candidate in the Mt Albert by-election.

Wood has properly identified concerns about the entry of Greens co-leader Russel Norman into the tightly contested race.

“Amidst all this talk of splitting the centre-left vote, I think people have lost sight of the real issue here,” Wood said.

“While there is certainly a chance of a centre-left vote split, the real issue is the splitting of the Wellington vote.”
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He should have become a boy racer

April 4, 2009

Don’t go for a skate in Gisborne. The cops in that neck of the woods – presumably keen to meet their quota of tickets – take a broad view of what comprises traffic.

If it’s got four wheels, it’s fair game.
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