Guide to the many faces of John Key
Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every single new person who reads the book.
This is the outrage and the uproar caused by a mere 10 000 print run, what level of crescendo do you think we’ll hit when it becomes 20 000? 30 000? 40 000? What the headlines miss is the stinging hatred that shines through all the messages of those involved and that spite is shocking people. Politics can be angry, politics can be loud – but hateful? Hate politics has no place in a modern democracy.
Slater & Co are not bloggers, they are political sadists.
If there is still ANY doubt about the legitimacy of what Nicky has done, read his lawyers blog explaining Hager’s side of the issue…
As many of you know, I act for Nicky Hager. I vetted his book, Dirty Politics, and the three before that.
It is a surreal experience watching what happens to Nicky’s books in the days after their publication. It often seems as if the book that’s being discussed by politicians and in the media is entirely different from the one I’ve just spent weeks vetting.
What’s more amazing is that politicians who admit they haven’t read the book and don’t intend to are given free rein to speak authoritatively about its content. Often they say things that are completely contradicted by evidence that’s set out in the book, but aren’t even challenged about it. Nicky is often accused of being a “conspiracy theorist” as if this is an answer to the evidence he sets out in the book.
This time around, though, my sense is that things are different. The government’s denials are such blatant flannel that they are being seen as beyond the pale, even by our most grizzled political journalists, who have seen plenty of spin in their time.
I want to go through some of the spin. I want to do that because the Prime Minister is claiming repeatedly that Nicky has “made stuff up”, that he’s in cahoots with the “Fuck John Key” mob and the “Planet Key” song-writer and the effigy burners, and that he’s done it to distract attention from the real issues.
What is happening now is that the media pundits are turning on Key. They have all read the book, they have all felt the wave of revulsion, they now want utu and Key’s shockingly weak display on Radio NZ yesterday morning with Guyon Espiner has to be heard to be believed. Add the voices of the Auckland media like John Armstrong, Duncan Garner, Rachel Smalley, Marcus Lush and it’s only a mater of time before the Wellingtion Press Gallery are forced dump their cheerleading for Key as well.
Claire Trevett may need counselling.
When Matthew Hooton is abandoning ship and attacking Key, you know National are in terrible trouble.
Not all media mind you, there are still National Party stormtroopers desperately trying to justify Key, it’s like Mike Hosking, Sean Plunket and Paul Henry are all playing instruments on the deck of the sinking Titanic.
‘At the end of the day’, the credibility gap between Key and the rest of NZ grows wider with every passing hour. Pause for a moment and consider the astounding fact that Judith Collins & John Key still haven’t read this book.
Key’s got 99 Problems – Lusk, Collins, Ede, Farrar, Odgers, the SIS and Slater are 7 of them.
Dirty Politics is a vital read for every NZ citizen before they cast their vote because at the heart of this book are abuses of power. That’s what this book is about, abuse of power. The NZ Herald held me up in the weekend as the ‘closest thing the Left have to Whaleoil’ – in the light of this book that’s kinda defamatory, but from the Left side of the blogs let me say we don’t do anything in the same stratosphere of barking mad that Slater & Co are doing here. I have fights with people and block them on twitter, Slater has fights with people and trawls brothels, talks about blackmailing MPs, helps others hack computers, moves prisoners around, gets SIS access, savages public servants to get death threats and manages to exhibit the kind of ethics that would make drug cartels blush.
I’ve always described Slater as a far right hate speech merchant, it’s time the rest of the country recognised that and demanded Key either treats this cancer with napalm and sacks Ede, Collins and shuts Slater outside of Parliament forever or he gets judged alongside Slater and damned at the polls.
Whaledump is going to show little of the restraint Nicky did and I suspect the sleaze will generate a whole new wave of revulsion. Just when you didn’t think you could be more disgusted, another set of allegations will astound you.
How people use power is as important as how they gain it. John Key and the National Party may have won two democratic elections, but they did not get any permission to abuse that power in the ways that have been outlined in this book. The crass, vicious, hateful language is one thing, the dark deeds they set out to do are another.
The rumour mill is going into meltdown behind the scenes – I’ve never seen pure panic before and National are in free fall. Trying to claim ‘the Left do it too’ and ‘Nicky is a left wing conspiracy theorist’ just doesn’t cut any mustard with those who want answers. The Left need to start focusing on what the first 100 days of real change looks like because National will lose this election, there’s just too much more dirt to come for them to survive.
Who knew whaleoil was so corrosive to teflon?