Rodney Hide tells the opposition to find a better cause.
The Opposition is making heavy weather of trying to make Prime Minister John Key responsible for what Cameron Slater writes on his blog and in his personal communications.
I say in a kind and caring way that they should give it up. Because – and I say this even more caringly and kindly – Slater, aka the Whale, is not always responsible for what he writes.
By his own admission, Slater has had his battles with depression. By his own admission he is an embellisher.
Anyone who follows his blog knows him as a force of nature once he starts tapping his keyboard and pushing the upload button.
His blog is one man’s opinion, raw and unedited.
It is politics red and bloody and some of what you read you wonder if you really needed to know.
But back I go like a junkie. I enjoy the Whaleoil blog just like I enjoy the Left’s The Standard and The Daily Blog.
I’m not sure The Standard or the mouth breather at The Daily blog will appreciate that Rodney Hide enjoys their hate fuelled rants.
The blogs, as mad and as bad they are, add richness and diversity to political debate.
It’s true much of it is gossip. The blogs have lifted the lid on what was once confined to Bellamy’s. They have opened it up.
Political gossip always has an angle, juiciness trumps veracity and its effect can prove lethal.
But don’t blame blogs. Gossip has been used as a political weapon for as long as there’s been politics. ¬†¬† Read more »