Before there was Dirty Politics, there was… Nicky Hager. Â This, just received from a yet to be published book. Â In it, Nicky Hager’s antics are examined. Â Here is a preview
Then thereâs the media darling, Nicky Hager, self-professed holder of the moral high ground on anything that can be classified as a conspiracy orchestrated by western, and particularly right wing governments.
I had the very dubious pleasure of meeting Hager once. Quite enough. It was a long time ago, probably in the late 80s.
There [was] a very pretentiously self titled business grouping called âTop Tierâ. It consisted of the CEO and one other officer holder of the major business groups: â Employers Federation, Manufacturersâ Federation, Retailersâ Association and Federated Farmers. (I think I have that right and apologies to anyone I have inadvertently omitted although I have a recollection that FF wasn’t there.). The grouping met every few months to discuss matters of mutual interest and possible co-operation, focussing mainly on employment matters.
Top Tier received a request from Hager for him to attend a meeting, but he gave no indication of what the topic would be.Â As I was the only one with scientific knowledge and with an environmental brief within the groups, I was invited to attend (for that part only) to provide âexpertâ help with any technical matters. I went along armed with thick files covering as many potential subjects as I thought might come upÂ – chemicals, pesticides, pollution, radiation etc.
The meeting started â Hager was first. We waited somewhat apprehensively,Â I thought , but he was brief and to the point â his point that is. (One item of background information that I certainly hadnât given any thought to was that the National party was apparently conducting a review to determine its nuclear policy with there being a possibility that it might decide to repeal NZâs anti-nuclear legislation.)Â Hager said if you can tell all your mates in the National Party that if they change their position on the anti-nuclear legislation then we will see to it that our sister organisations in Europe (I seem to remember he mentioned Germany in particular) Â give NZ bad publicity and urge a boycott of NZ products.
I havenât put that in quotes because after this length of time, I cannot be certain about every word. However I am certain that itâs pretty accurate and his meaning was absolutely clear.
We were all pretty much speechless (gob smacked might be the modern term). One chap (I think from the Manufacturers, but I could be wrong) asked about Hagerâs anti-American attitude given that he knew a lot of nice Americans and was married to one. I honestly donât remember what Hager said, and then he was gone.
That was also the end of my involvement in the meeting, as there was no further discussion necessary. Rational debate clearly isnât his forte.
Read more »