|Taito Phillip Field - photo: NZ Herald At long last, the Police have ruled that Taito Philip Field, Independent MP for Mangere, may face prosecution on fifteen bribery and corruption charges, related to house repairs in Auckland, Wellington, Tonga and Samoa. So, what happens next?
Field may still appeal the hearings in question. However, if that appeal is turned down, then he will face prosecution before the High Court. In that context, it will be a question of whether the evidence is strong enough to substantiate the charges laid. If so, Field will be found guilty, automatically expelled from Parliament, and face possible conviction. If not, Field will be acquitted due to insufficient evidence, and probably go on to contest Mangere. Significantly, Field's two suitors, Christian Coalition II: The Blob and Future New Zealand, were today noncommittal about what would happen next.
At some point though, they will have to face the contingency of his possible guilt, and repercussions that might well have on the electoral prospects of their respective parties.
And there, until we know whether his appeal is successful or not, is where one must leave the quixotic Independent Mangere MP. Craig Young - 6th October 2007