Russel Norman is pleading ignorance of the machinations of his EA. Despite the evidence that this was being planned several months ago.
I wonder though if he isn’t being just a wee bit too sanctimonious in his grovelling.
The stickers used has slogans like “Drill It!”, “Mine it!”, Sell it!”.
Eeerily similar to what Meteria Turei tweeted last week:
Russel Norman is using plausible deniability in his excuse making but I’m not sure I believe him.
The Greens got upset in 2005 when the Exclusive Brethren organised and distributed pamphlets. They authorised their pamphlets though. The Greens activists did no such thing. Back in 2005 Don Brash was asked if he knew anything about the campaign, he denied knowing anything.
Has Russel Norman had his Don Brash moment? Is it really believable that he didn’t know anything about this campaign when his executive assistant was front and centre involved in organising this attack on national’s billboards? There were more than 50 activists involved in this. It was on a scale far larger than the Brethren and the 6 or so men involved in that. It isn’t conceivable that senior Greens didn’t know about his.
I think there are many more questions to be answered by the Green party.
I can’t wait until someone tracks down the printer of the stickers and pulls the invoice.