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Darren Hughes -‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines (in election year) about an unproven allegation? Another corporate media ‘beat-up’? Serving whose interests?

www.nbr.co.nz/article/police-inquiry-could-end-mps-career-nn-89011

ZPA and NBR staff | Thursday March 24, 2011 | 23 comments

Police inquiry could end MP’s career

The political career of one of Labour’s brightest young MPs could be ruined after Darren Hughes yesterday confirmed police were investigating a complaint laid against him by an 18-year-old male student.

Police said the alleged incident happened early in the morning of March 2 but would not reveal the substance of the complaint.

Mr Hughes, a third term senior MP, said he had done nothing wrong and identified himself because he didn’t want speculation to surround his colleagues.

Sexual rumours are swirling around Parliament and it has been reported police are interested in CCTV footage from two bars where Mr Hughes was drinking with a group of students, including the complainant, after a debate at Victoria University.

The alleged incident happened later at Mr Hughes’ home — the young man is reported to have left and stopped a passing police car.

Mr Hughes said he was confident that legal processes would “lead to the right outcome”.

Labour leader Phil Goff has sent Mr Hughes on two weeks leave and won’t comment on the substance of the complaint.

Mr Goff said Mr Hughes told him about the complaint two weeks ago, and blamed the Beehive for telling the media about it.

Other MPs said rumours had been around for a while, and Prime Minister John Key said he had heard them but knew very little.

NZPA understands the young man came to Parliament as a youth MP last year, sponsored by his local MP, not Mr Hughes, and is now at university.

Mr Goff is standing by Mr Hughes and says he accepts the MP’s word that he did nothing wrong.

He would not say where the incident happened — Mr Hughes boards with deputy leader Annette King — and said he didn’t know if police had searched Ms King’s home.

“You expect the highest standard of integrity in politics, and that’s what I expect of my MPs…it’s for the police to make a decision as to whether there’s any substance, and for me to then respond at that point,” Mr Goff said.

Mr Hughes was 24 when he was elected to Parliament in 2002 as MP for Otaki, and he was the youngest MP in the House during the two terms he held the seat.

He lost it in 2008 and returned as a list MP.

Mr Hughes is Labour’s education spokesman and shadow Leader of the House.

In the last government he held the roles of Statistics Minister, whip and deputy Leader of the House.

 

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MY COMMENT:

‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines about an allegation against Labour MP Darren Hughes, which the Police have yet to prosecute, let alone find him proven guilty in Court?

In this country you are presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty.

Looks to me to be rather similar to the concerted corporate media campaign before the 2008 election to discredit Winston Peters and NZ First?

Who stands to politically benefit from this arguably disproportionate media ‘beat up’ of an unproven allegation against someone who has been seen by many as a capable and promising young Labour Party MP?

I smell a rat the size of an elephant……

Penny Bright
Effective Public Watchdog
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Penny Bright | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 12:15pm
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Labour’s education spokesman – plying a barely legal, young teenager with alcohol all night and into the wee small hours – then “something unsavoury” happens between the two enough that the young man stops a passing police car to complain.

Not only does this smack of morally bereft behaviour – it also highlights the morals of the Labour Party leadership when they knew of the police enquiry 2 weeks ago and did nothing hoping it will pass without media / public scrutiny.

And they have the temerity to think they have some kind of mandate to even stand for public representation?

Anony mouse | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:20am

Yep, there’s no coming back from this – for any of these labour deviants.

Whoflungdung | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:29am
In response to Anony mouse | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:20am

Well said…. Phil Goff you’re a goner – the public expect better of a potential country leader… well done Dazza own goal ;o)

Chopper says…. | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:30am

Oh please, do you honestly think an 18 year old could not say no if he were unconfortable about returning to somebody’s home in the wee hours. Why blame this on Mr Hughes being Labour? Odd. Let the police do their investigation.

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:40am
In response to Chopper says…. | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:30am

What planet do these comments come from. Have they never heard of due process and innocent until proven guilty? These extreme views often come from people with something to hide….

ynot | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:46am

The biggest mistake is Phil Goff not sending him on leave two weeks ago and coming clean. How many times do things like this have to happen in parties before their leaders understand how this plays out in the media and public opinion?

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:08am

The bottom line is this: Phil Goff comes across as a pious self-serving hypocrite. Remember, how he launched into John Key, for not disclosing Richard Worth’s indiscretions, earlier? For the most part, Labour MPs are abjectly hopeless. Look at all the drongos that have occupied the Education portfolio. Look how, quickly, serial porn-watcher Shayne Jones gets back into favour, with Goff. Just shows how shallow Labour’s talent pool is. It needs only one moderately sunny day and it’s evaporated by lunch time. Labour isn’t so much in disarray as it is in complete disintegration.

Darren Hughes’s career is: ” Finito”. Whether he’s charged or not, won’t be the determining factor as to whether Goff asks for his resignation. It’s not a question of “unlawful behaviour” as it is about appropriate conduct and sense of judgement and propriety, at 2am in the morning. Which comes with more than a whiff of unpleasant taint; it has a positively malodorous smell.

Hughes won’t survive this, so there’s no “long comeback” from any wilderness when you’re spinning out into oblivion.

Merv | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:15am

“Anony mouse” seems to know more about this incident that is being reported in the media, and more than anyone involved is saying publicly. I challenge “Anony mouse” to repeat these allegations and attach his or her true name, address, and e-mail address. Short of that we should all treat these comments, and comments based on them, as the rantings of an extremest with an axe to grind.

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:22am
In response to Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:22am

And you sign your note ‘anonymous’. Hahaha, you should be a Labour MP!

Rob Roy | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:39am

plying a barely legal, young teenager with alcohol all night and into the wee small hours

There is nothing in any article about this issue that says the pair drunk any alcohol after leaving the pub.

Not only does this smack of morally bereft behaviour – it also highlights the morals of the Labour Party leadership when they knew of the police enquiry 2 weeks ago and did nothing hoping it will pass without media / public scrutiny.

That statement smacks of conservative, paedophile-mongering festivity. What exactly do you expect Labour to have done 2 weeks ago? Assume Hughes is guilty before being proven innocent, because the public needs to be reassured at all costs that parliament is paedophile-free? Apparently, the ‘Beehive’ seems to think so.

Of course, Annette King must have assumed Hughes was a paedophile for sneaking the man into her house, therefore she must be a paedophile as well. Of course it’s an impossibility that the complaint is politically motivated.

Really. | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:47am

The mind boggles. What possible shenanigans could a gay MP get up to with a young boy lured back to his private residence and what would cause this impressionable young boy to waive down the police after running away in sheer panic? Did Mr Hughes cheat at Scrabble? Not let him play with his Xbox? Or was it something more sinister like showing the boy his life size Helen Clark love doll?

Got me stumped.

FedUp | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 10:51am

There was a rumour around the 2009 Labour Xmas Party that young Darren had offered a young Parliament male staffer drinks adn then invited the young man to his flat to view his ettchings. Seems young Darren makes a habit of this behaviour

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:05am
In response to FedUp | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 10:51am

Gays are a small% of the population but way over-represented amongst Labour MPs. Labour has given preference to gays, including some very nasty people, and we have that as Helen’s lasting legacy. Maybe we should be thankful she did not make it compulsory.

Gay Preference | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:21am

Source: NZ Parliament Debate Wednesday 19 May 2004. Questions for Oral Answers.

Darren Hughes: “Does the Minister have any evidence that lowering the drinking age has increased abuse?”

… Darren…Darren…. Darren?

… from a MP who wants the drinking age kept at 18 and not back to 20. You have to wonder why?

Of course this guys political future is over. But it actually raises the bigger question of MP’s personal lifestyle in so far that they can be potentially “got to” and provide an open for corruption and blackmail.

This guy has to go and Goff should have pushed him two weeks ago. Media knowledge is irrelevant – and Goffs message now is “do what you want as long as the media doesn’t find out.”

Goff even let Darren present the party votes in the house knowing about the investigation.

The media do not seem to be holding Goff accountable here.

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:22am

As LieBorefeed on stolen wealth in body, so they feed on stolen concepts in mind, and proclaim that honesty consists of refusing to know that one is stealing. As they use effects while denying causes, so they use our concepts while denying the roots and the existence of the concepts they are using. As they seek, not to build, but to take over industrial plants, so they seek, not to think, but to take over human thinking.

Beware Goff – he is a member of the Fabian Society

Darren Hughes and Jacinda Ardern are products of the Frankfurt School and truly are filthy parasitic cultural marxists of the classic Long Marcher variety. To hear them in relaxed surroundings is to know them for what they are – the enemy.

Here here | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:32am
In response to Gay Preference | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:21am

When Helen Clark left to take up more useless space at the UN, her legacy to the Labour Party was to leave behind her virulent strain of cancer, of which there is no known treatment. But what we as a nation,continue to suffer from.

Doktor Worson | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:34am

I don’t think that homosexuality is immoral but do believe that the politicisation of homosexuality i.e. it’s promotion in early education as a norm in order to attack the family IS immoral. This philosophy is hidden in such phraseology as ‘celebrating diversity’. Check out the material your kids are being indoctrinated with. Apparently now that UNHR legislation is in place, removing the biological right of a parent to transmit their political or cultural values to their child and reducing parents to ‘guardian’ status and secondary to the state – if a parent does not agree with the notion that homosexuality is actively ‘good’ OR even if they say to their kids ‘it happens but it’s not for me’ then the state can take your children away (having been advised by teachers that the parents are contaminating their own kids value systems therefore breaching their human rights). The stuff they teach our kids is shocking. If it wasn’t indoctrination then why do they teach that traditional family set ups are old fashioned and inherently sexist but that ‘diverse’ forms of relationships are exiting, progressive, modern and now?

For the record | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:44am

In reponse to: For the record | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:44am
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This is planned. The family unit is the ‘states’ primary competitor. There is a cliche that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, the left want to be that hand. Teachers are taught to profile parents and report suspicious behaviours to CYFs. This is fine with real abuse cases, but often this profiling extends into other areas such as values and the personal politics of parents. I remember at teacher training college being told that teachers are not there to teach but are there to facilitate learning about values and to prepare kids to be good citizens (basically of a labour voting hue). I escaped and became a Uni academic but never reveal that I am a true Nat as I would certainly lose my job and be driven from my profession the way many have in academia who are not fellow travelers.

Mr. Small Cheese | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:58am
In response to Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 9:22am

Axe to grind – absolutely.
Extremist – probably not.

After 9 long years of being over-taxed by Clark / Cullen to fund their pet social engineering agendas, I call this pay back!

I’m not “inventing or creating” anything – just not letting Labour spin half truths and getting away with rorting NZ and the situation for their own nefarious benefits – so yes, axe to grind, but I call it more of not letting them get away with it like they did when in government. Speedgate, paintergate, Peters/Glenn donation scandal etc etc the list is almost as long as their failed MP’s forced to “resign” or “retire”

I am a proud Kiwi, proud to pay my fair share of taxes to support the social fabric of NZ and the on going well being of everyone within our country. I’ve done so for over 25 years and in some years paid more than $100K in taxes alone – whilst other parts of our NZ community only have their hand out – and expect more and more. How is that fair? It certainly doesn’t motivate me to try harder and employ more people – especially with the lopsided employment legislation slanted against business owners that Labour set-up!

What I object Labour doing is spoon-feeding benefits to people from my over-taxation to shore up support for the Labour Party. They create “golden handcuffs” to the poor and uneducated with numerous “benefits” designed to keep these people coming back with their hand out for more and more until it becomes a lifestyle, relying on Labour getting into government to continue feeding this percentage of NZ with yet more benefits – which in realty only shackles these people to the benefits (and Labour) instead of motivating them to create a better future for themselves.

Labour’s “social policy’s” all seem to revolve around giving more and more hand-outs to those that don’t generate anything towards the cost of NZ – which in turn means myself and tens of thousands of others are over-taxed to fund Labour’s policy of keeping people in benefits – which keeps their voter base.

Having been over-taxed by these thugs in suits for years, now that Labour are out of government, I finally feel I have the right and the opportunity to say it like it is – without government reprisals – as I’m sure if I was to give my name, address details etc with Labour in government – they would track me down and send all manor of government departments around with microscopes and rubber gloves. Not that I have anything at all to hide – just don’t want the rubber gloves – being over-taxed is a butt f*ck enough thanks.

So yes – axe to grind alright. I’m tired of these hypocritical, bully boys, demanding more and more of my tax money to fund their failed social engineering agendas. So if I can help stir up debate which in turn helps keep Labour in turmoil – I feel that’s my duty as a proud Kiwi to ensure they never get anywhere near being able to lead NZ ever again.

Ironically, Labour also claim to want the best for NZ and the best they can do, is keep Goof at the helm and keep themselves in complete disarray – as that will only help National win the election – which will be the best outcome for NZ.

Just my 2c worth…

Anony mouse | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 11:59am

‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines about an allegation against Labour MP Darren Hughes, which the Police have yet to prosecute, let alone find him proven guilty in Court?

In this country you are presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty.

Looks to me to be rather similar to the concerted corporate media campaign before the 2008 election to discredit Winston Peters and NZ First?

Who stands to politically benefit from this arguably disproportionate media ‘beat up’ of an unproven allegation against someone who has been seen by many as a capable and promising young Labour Party MP?

I smell a rat the size of an elephant……

Penny Bright
Effective Public Watchdog
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Penny Bright | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 12:15pm
In response to Penny Bright | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 12:15pm

you may be quite right Penny

At the end of the day all Darren probably did was simply ask a Question for Oral Answer.

He may not have got the answer he wanted but there is no crime in trying. MP’s are used to not always having the oral answers they seek. Thats why we have a speaker.

And the 18 year old boy is legal so drinking with him during university orientation is not a crime either.

You are right – let the legal process handle it.

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 12:48pm
In response to ynot | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 8:46am

Isn’t funny that when the Richard Worth story broke … ol’ Phil had so much to say … yet when its the Labour party whip he’s got a different set of standards & this guy wants to lead our country … it must be a JOKE!!

To the innocent until proven guilty crowd lets hope Darren doesn’t get his hands on your 18yr old son at 2am after a drinking session in a bar aye…

Anonymous | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 1:49pm

Let’s see. Political wannabe drinks with successful youngish MP. goes back to his house for a wine or whiskey. oh, suddenly the curtains fall as political wannabe discovers flesh and blood reality, human needs, etc. The illusion is shattered…moreso because the puffy albino ginga is not say, a handsome all-black or music celebrity. This whole episode is a storm in a teacup. Other media outlets refer to a legal adult, and certainly someone with pubes and underarm hair, as a ‘boy’. what a load of rubbish.
What would a bystander make of a certain speaker of the house ushering in wellington college schoolboys in his wellington apartment ? surely this should be more newsworthy than an ambitious 18yo getting a little more than he bargained for. One thing is for sure, the 18yo former “youth mp” and labour party activist has no future in politics 🙂

The Reverend | Thursday, March 24, 2011 – 2:21pm
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