Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked. My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National who had ben holding onto this email for sometime decided to use it Friday night for a Saturday ‘resignation’ in some desperate attempt to cauterise the wound. Knowing the Sunday Star Times was going to drop this bomb didn’t help.
Good luck with that because what has been revealed are allegations that Slater & Co, with the supposed support from Collins, was attempting to destabilise the head of the Serious Fraud Office.
Before we start pegging winners and losers here, can we all just pause and consider in horror what the hell they’ve been caught doing this time? They were trying to destabilise the bloody head of the SF fucking O! He’s not some chump candidate they are chewing up and spitting out, this is a serious player in the serious business of serious investigation, that Slater & Co thought for one millisecond they could take out such a senior and important figure is beyond hubris. These people are bloody monsters!
So we now have a smear campaign to destabilise the head of the SFO, alongside allegations of blackmailing an MP using lewd dirt, hacking into Labour’s computer and downloading their entire database, rigging candidate selections, moving prisoners around the country for a female ‘friend’ of Slater’s , trawling brothels for dirt of journalists, crucifying a public servant and most damaging, giving SIS info to Slater to damage political opponents.
This is now so serious that only a full inquiry can be the response. What the bloody hell is going on here? How have people with such warped and hateful views been allowed and empowered into directing so much of what passes as current affairs in NZ?
Judith Collins: Gone at lunchtime. She was hanging on by a thread as it was, this last email where she’s effectively being caught plotting as Justice Minister against the Serious Fraud Office has been used as the final straw by those inside the Party who hope ending her will stop the free fall of internal National Party polling. As a power base and next Leader of National, she is toast. I doubt she will stay on past the election and will be looking for a new job in the Chinese milk industry.
The Lusk clients: Jami-Lee Ross, Sam Lotu-llga, Louise Upston, Mark Mitchell and Nicky Wagner are all now so damaged by association they will all see demotions soon.
David Farrar: His pathetic silence on an issue as serious as this shows how neutered he has become now his own tole in these games has been outed.
John Key: John Armstrong in the Herald attempts to frame this meltdown as actually a win for Key. Sure if that’s what you need to rock yourself to sleep at night, you keep telling yourself that Mr Armstrong but the reality is that it is a train wreck that just keeps giving. Watching Key try and explain that this anonymous email from the right isn’t a ‘right wing conspiracy theory’ but everything Hager says in his emails is a ‘left wing conspiracy theory’ should be made into a game show it’s so entertaining. If this was ethical, Key would sack Ede as well – it isn’t ethical, it’s politically expedient. Who know that all it took to destroy teflon was whaleoil? Key’s Government is dying by a thousand rays of sunlight.
The front Page the Herald would run if they could
NZ Herald: The latest email boasting about an easy way to manipulate the NZ Herald if taken in isolation would be read as Slater arrogance and hubris, but seeing as the NZ Herald ran a baseless smear story against Cunliffe over fictional $100 000 bottles of wine, fictional $15 000 book and fictional $150 000 donations – (remember John Armstrong actually wrote that Cunliffe may have to resign over the total none event that was the Donghua Liu smear) –
…there has to be some negative backlash towards them in the wake of this email. There are honourable Journalists there, David Fisher wrote a moving article recently on his dealings with Slater and I find it very difficult for someone of Fran O’Sullivan’s intellect getting caught up in this sort of despicable muck raking – it just isn’t her style. But the ability to point to balance inside the Herald is almost impossible with the leaving of Matt McCarten (a columnist the NZ Herald still hasn’t replaced) meaning that it is entirely too easy to see the Herald as part of the problem rather than the solution. When the Herald couldn’t even see how appointing Cathy Odgers and Josie Pagani as their ‘balanced’ election commentary was a terrible blunder, then it’s time for some heads to roll. (Note: The NZ Herald announced they had dumped Odgers only after TDB started pointing it out).
The wider mainstream media: Fresh from the depression in the Press Gallery brought about by watching their hero John Key get taken apart by David Cunliffe, this latest revelation after the fact is another blow to the supposed watch dog role our media have walked away from. It really begs the question what the bloody hell the media are actually doing if not holding then powerful to account? Rather than plomping someone down at fashion week to endlessly wank on about nothing, how about focus on abuses of power? Nicky Hager has done more journalism in one book than the entire mainstream media have done in 6 years. Any progressive Government coming in MUST make public broadcasting a priority.
Winston Peters: The energy Winston managed to lever off allegations that one of Judith’s people approached him have now had the oxygen cut, meaning that trivialisation is no longer in the news cycle. With that nasty Judith gone, Winston and John can become new best friends. A vote for NZ First is a vote for National is not a message Winston wanted.
Whoever launched the smear campaign agains Labour + Greens: What a terrible day to launch a smear campaign. All the backers of the latest anti-Green dirty politics attack has reminded voters is how the Right are relentless in their negativity. What a way to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Heather du Plessis-Allan from Seven Sharp: How does it feel to have been manipulated into painting Slater out as a nice guy with her soft focus puff piece on Seven Sharp now? Ouch.
Ede & Eagleson: Now Collins is gone, focus swings immediately back to Key’s Press Secretary and Chief of Staff. If Slater & Co were plotting to take out the SFO Director, how do those other allegations of dirty tricks as outlined in Dirty Politics stack up? How could Eagleson not have known about what Ede was doing and how could Key not have known what Eagleson was doing? The drum beat for their heads will begin right after #Whaledump drops the Slater-Collins private messages and the Slater-Ede private messages.
Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell: Mark becomes a terrible loser in all of this because he thinks all the shifted attention means nothing is coming his way. What a terrible false sense of security he has.
Cameron Slater: Dear ole Cam, he has managed to allow others to think even less of him than they did, and after the month he’s had, let’s admit just how difficulty that is. *
Cam’s sadistic impulses have been enabled by powerful political allies, it’s like Russia giving high grade military weapons to ill disciplined pro Russia militia and then looking surprised when those ill disciplined pro Russia militia accidentally blow a commercial airliner out of the sky. Cam is in trouble. He was set to launch a brand new news site with a rumoured $600 000 from former MEGA CEO Tony Lentino, and if you check out the ravings Slater is currently uttering over at whaleoil as he twists and turns in the wind trying to justify the hate he injects like a toxin into the body politic, he still seems to think it’s all on. In this post, the sanctimonious prick has the audacity to quote Gandhi – I kid you not.
The problem for Cam’s new plan to weaponise the news is that the backlash from Dirty Politics is still building. Everything he writes is critically read with the view to trying to pick up who he’s writing it for now. Cam can’t rely on Carrick or the other corporate vultures for revenue as Slater is now so carcinogenic, not even the Tobacco Industry will touch him. Cam will need to rely on the Israeli Embassy to pay the bills of his new venture, and when Apartheid Israel is your only client, that speaks volumes.
The other problem for Slater has been the scrutiny now applied to his bullshit stats. We all suspected he used bots to inflate his supposed influence, now we have some basis for those suspicions.
Slater now attracts the revulsion his malevolence deserves, Tony Lentino should be thinking long and hard about how much he wants his own reputation to be associated with this pathological hatred and with more details to be released on #Whaledump, Tony may want to make that decision quickly.
Nicky Hager: Sure, it was an anonymous email from inside the National Party that finally toppled Collins, but her head means all the ‘left wing conspiracy’ bullshit has to stop. The allegations laid out in Dirty Politics demands resolution in the wake of this latest madness. Hager has managed to make National Party cheerleader and NZ Herald editorial writer John Roughan’s own book on Key look like the sad flaccid nothing it always was.
Cunliffe and Labour: This following on the heels of his win in the debate is now forcing many to ask, ‘why am I not voting for Labour again’?
Patrick Gower: His live TV yesterday was amazing, and there’s no one on the hunt like Paddy when there is this much blood in the water.
Grant Robertson: Great on live TV yesterday.
Paula Bennet: New leader of the National Party post Key’s loss.
The Greens & Internet MANA: The only Parties to not have anyone talking to Slater.
NZ Democracy: We are a better country for having this pus filled boil lanced, now we need to clean out the wound this Government has become.
*In light of today’s tragedy at a Winz office, my jab at Slater has been edited out.