There is blood in the water.
What’s happening now in the life cycle of the Len Brown revelations is that the murky manner in which this blog formed is starting to interfere with the revelations. The way Chuang was pressured by people like Luigi Wewege, the late night meetings in carparks with Mayoral candidate John Palino and accusations of what amounts to behavior that seems borderline legal if not downright unethical starts putting the messenger before the message. Slater and his Machiavellian machinations have started to eclipse the actual story.
The Daily Blog tipline is providing a chatter from inside the National Party that is screamingly frantic. The panic that is now descending internally revolves around a sense of growing dread that the Len Brown sex scandal is about to explode in the faces of the National Party and the warp speed of many to put as much distance between Slater, Cook, Palino & Luigi Wewege is as amusing as it is insightful.
The true role of how much the National Party were aware of the building sex scandal on Whaleoil starts asking more questions, not fewer.
The latest revelations in the new Metro editorial places the National Caucus being made aware of this over a week before it was released…
I’d first heard the rumour about 10 days earlier, and was also told “The National Party caucus” knew about it too. The word was that Slater was going to publish in election week, but because he didn’t, I had assumed the rumour was false. Duh.
…there are now two scenarios at play here.
Scenario 1: ‘Some Bloggers just want to see the world burn’
In this scenario, the deep seated hatred that Slater served up as his justification for publishing such sleaze on TV3s The Nation are the drivers here…
“Politics is a dirty, disgusting, despicable game and it involves dirty, disgusting, despicable people.”
…such a damaged, jaded view of politics suggests a psyche of someone prepared to justify any means to any ends. When Slater & Lusk performed a political hit job on Aaron Gilmore, the National Party hierarchy response for a non sanctioned killing by a couple of lowly ranked henchmen was to out Lusk for dark scheming and Slater was portrayed as an easily led stooge. That public spanking was also a warning shot to Collins who is Slater’s sponsor, so under this scenario we have a couple of rogue elements in Slater and Lusk who attract people of Cook and Wewege’s calibre to plot and conspire all types of angry schemes and plans.
If this was the case, the distance National Party people are putting between themselves and Slater & co is an ethical stance driven by a strong sense of revulsion at these tactics. With the Boag faction tasked with eliminating the risk, Slater could be in for a long cold shoulder andy his demise could be seized upon by factions within National who see wounding him as a chance to wound Collins.
The building backlash against Slater will be as gleefully exploited by the Anyone But Collins National Party faction as the ABCs exploited last years manufactured leadership coup within Labour.
There is however another narrative…
Scenario 2: National Party Black Ops
Another strand of chatter however suggests a completely different reason for the exodus away from Slater & co. In this scenario, it’s not an ethical response to dirty tactics that’s causing the distance, it’s because those fleeing are now aware that the green light for these types of tactics haven’t been self-generated by Slater’s feverish hatred for the left, they were green lighted by someone much higher in the political food chain of the National Party.
The idea that Slater has an Executive Warrant to act without impunity for black ops purposes would be a vast reversal of National’s stated position before they started tanking in the Polls. If electoral desperation is driving a change in tactics, the blowback if Slater’s actions can be traced back to the National Party leadership would be enough to collapse the Government.
The panic within National is real, the why will be the next scandal.