Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance:
Well done and thank you, Idiot/Savant!
It was sent to a person called John Third.
Following up this detail, I discovered that a John Lawrence Third is the sole director of a registered private company called Guinness Gallagher Corporate Advisory Ltd, based in Wellington.
I acquired Mr Third’s telephone number, called him, and, receiving no answer, left a message for him to call me back. He hasn’t.
I did not include this information in the posting above because I didn’t want to involve a potentially “innocent civilian” in a breaking political story.
Idiot/Savant’s research has, however, obviated the need for me to talk to Mr Third because looking at the latest entry on the Elections New Zealand’s Register of Promoters whose name do I see in the column headed “Name of the person authorised to make the application where the promoter is not an individual” but that of John L Third – the very same person to whom “Charlie Taylor’s” e-mail was sent.
How did it come to me? I have no idea. Perhaps Mr Third’s name was just the first of dozens on a mass e-mail distribution list among which my own – for some unfathomable reason – was included.
Whatever the explanation, we now know that the campaign is real, and that it is being run under the collective identity of “The Opinion Partnership” among whose members are Mr Third and Owen Jennings – former head of Federated Farmers, former Act Party MP (1996-2002) and currently the joint owner (with Mr Third) of the registered private company Ideal Energy Holdings Ltd.
According to Daily Blogger, Frank Macskasy, the first of these billboards has already appeared in the Wellington region.
We await further developments.