David Fisher just loves to write about me, if he isn’t tweeting he is pouring over my blog. Today he gets a two-fer…two stories about me.
The second one is about my love for unions…on page 5.
A political strategist who has trained National Party MPs says the Ports of Auckland colluded with right wing bloggers to undermine industrial action against the Ports of Auckland.
The claim is in a leaked document written by controversial strategist Simon Lusk – and hotly denied by the publicly-owned port company.
The document was dated February 2012 – when the port strike was most heated – and is part of Mr Lusk’s strategy for the National Party.
It read: “The right currently controls the blogosphere, and the political journalists repeat much of what appears on blogs.
“The case in point is the way the Maritime Union have received huge negative publicity about their salaries, based on POAL (Ports of Auckland Limited) working with certain bloggers to control the story. Financial support for these bloggers will enable them to build their credibility and readership.”
It is rightly denied by the Ports of Auckland, I have no idea who leaked me the documents, and if I did I still wouldn’t say. There was certainly no collusion with the Ports, in fact I’d have to say they were less than helpful in many respects, except for access for some interviews.
Ports of Auckland adviser Brent Impey said there was no collusion with any blogger, including the Whaleoil blog. He said Mr Slater had been granted access to the port “no different from any other journalist”.
“Anyone who rings up who is going to be publishing, you give them the time of day.”
And they did. It gave me an insight into the goings on at the Port and conditions the Maritime Union were telling the public were dreadful when in fact it was one of the best work facilities for staff I have ever seen.
He said the port did not know how the information was leaked. “We have carried out as much investigation as we can to find out how that information got out there. We have tightened systems since.”
And I have no idea who leaked it, but leak it they did. What is funny is David Fisher is writing a “shock, horror, Ports leaked documents” story based on leaked documents from another source…what a dick. But no more of a dick than Helen Kelly…I’ll talk about her in a separate post.