Richard Lewis expresses disappointment
(so will Taito Philp Field when he finds out)
Richard Lewis "former leader" of Destiny Party (can`t see how he can be a "former leader" if he hasn`t resigned, been fired, or the party hasn`t deregistered) has said that Destiny is yet to be deregistered. He explained that they wanted to be upfront with the media - but didn't explain why they weren't upfront with Copeland, why they didn't name the advisory board,(perhaps because there are at least TWO Destiny church members on the all male committee and none representing the Salvation Army or Catholic churches...),why they didn't name Copeland as a co-leader, nor why Tamaki decided half an hour before the media conference to reveal the leadership details against the wishes of his fellow advisory board members.
Lewis said he was surprised at Copeland's decision to resign from the co-leadership. He had no choice but to resign. Perhaps others are disappointed too. Perhaps the wider church community - wihich the National Advisory Council purports to represent - will be disappointed when they realise that the only two "outed" members of the council are Destiny church members - so I`m told - including Taito Philip Field's representative Ian Anderson, which makes the group appear skewed toward Destiny.
Anderson released his Destiny-crafted media statement on behalf of Taito Philip Field without TPFs authorisation or consent. His parliamentary office, who have no knowlege of any Field-sanctioned authorisation of Anderson - are pretty unhappy with that. Anderson claims to be the Pacific representative on the council. Tamaki wants him there because he wants to target Mangere and secure Field's seat for the party in 2008 - but they don't want Field officially on board as leader because of his pending criminal case.
The council was touted to represent the wider christian community and made up of church leaders - but is skewed toward Destiny and against Future New Zealand. Now that Destiny didnt get their man as the leader they want to get its representative's man as the leader without that prospective leader's authorisation of their modus operandi. So much for openness and honesty - and claiming to want the advisory board secret when some later out themselves to the media when they dont get their own way.
Now that everyone has done their media releases perhaps they can move on to something else - like climate change.