I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back and real reform is more difficult to achieve.
Many people have not tirelessly volunteered and sunk energy into changing a government to merely get the same boss just like the old boss. We want change, and the Government is but the first part of that want.
The reason why I’ve been so confident that National will lose is because of the SIS briefing given to Cameron Slater. The fact that Selwyn Manning as Editor of Scoop was sent the release on the same day but after Slater was a built in fallback position to anyone who would have forced this release through. Their obfuscation if scrutiny occurred would be that Selwyn Manning, the editor of a progressive News site like Scoop, was also given the OIA request. The level of premeditation in that construct always meant someone was hiding something.
Despite all Key’s bluster and despite what the members of Slater & Co thought and despite the attempts by some in the mainstream media to downplay it, NZ still has a civil service with checks and balances and at some point, the seriousness of this allegation alone would stop Key in his tracks and force him to provide answers far more believable than, “At the end of the day, it’s all a left wing conspiracy theory’.
So it comes to pass…
Dirty Politics: Hearing before election
Dirty Politics allegations involving Prime Minister John Key’s office will be the subject of a hearing held by intelligence watchdog Cheryl Gwyn just nine days out from the election.
Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater this afternoon confirmed he had been subpoena-ed by Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Ms Gwyn to appear at a September 11 hearing into the release of information to him by domestic spying agency the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) in 2011 which he used to embarrass then Opposition Leader Phil Goff.
To use the intelligence apparatus of your state to attack your political opposition is about as far beyond the line as it can get. The media’s inability to frame the story in that manner means they and the electorate haven’t managed to comprehend the enormity of what’s been alleged.
The fact is that Key, and Key alone must have signed off on releasing this information to Cameron Slater. His claims that it was his office that was briefed are simply not believable. Key must have been briefed as per the guidelines, and the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security must uphold those guidelines.
It means either Key will be caught out lying or Wayne Eagleson, his Chief of Staff, must fall on his sword and claim he was the one briefed and the fault was his and he resigns.
Both outcomes will destroy the brand of the National Party. Add to this the other pending bombs and the mechanics of MMP, National won’t win 2014.
PS – Slater has now turned on the Prime Minister. Sweet Christ on a unicycle, this is just the gift that keeps giving.