Cameron Slater

Winners are grinners, thanks John

John Armstrong tries to have a dig while at the same time declaring me a winner of the year…ah and there is yet another cartoon about me.

He will be the next target of Giovanni Tiso’s Stalinist inspired online bullying.

Winners: Andrew Little; Paula Bennett; Cameron Slater. Has Labour’s luck finally changed? Little nearly did not make it back into Parliament following Labour’s dreadful election. His victory in the party’s subsequent leadership contest could hardly have been slimmer. But he has taken on the cloak of leadership with gusto. Labour finally has a game-changer. National would be foolish to still believe otherwise.

Bennett got the jobs she wanted in the Cabinet reshuffle. Now positioned as deputy leader-in-waiting as a minimum – and could go even higher when Key eventually departs.

Slater got slam-dunked by Dirty Politics; his influence within the corridors of power has consequently diminished. Outside, it has grown exponentially. Bad publicity is good news for Whale Oil.

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Guess who won Massey University’s Quote of the Year competition?

Massey University held its usual Quote of the Year competition recently, and one of my quotes from the election campaign and Dirty Politics was a finalist.

The finalist quotes were:

I’m sorry for being a man. (David Cunliffe’s unusual apology at Labour’s domestic violence policy launch at a Women’s Refuge forum)

We think it’s, um, pretty legal. (Steven Joyce asked by reporters about the use of a song for the National election campaign that sounded very similar to one by Eminen)

You work in news you puffed up little shit!…When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off? (Internet Party press secretary Pam Corkery at a campaign event, when the media kept asking for an interview with Kim Dotcom)

It was all steam and no hangi. (Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis describing Internet-Mana after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day)

He could probably survive shooting little kittens in his garden with a shotgun. (Kim Dotcom on how little impact Dirty Politics had on Prime Minister John Key’s approval ratings.

I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground. (Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater after Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics was released)

I did not have textual relations with that blogger. (Spoof of John Key’s initial denial that he had received texts from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater tweeted by Lloyd Burr of RadioLive)

It terrifies me how much of our economy is stuck inside a dairy cow. (Comedian Te Radar talking to farmers at Fieldays)

Get past the breath-taking PR snow job. (Former CERA communications adviser Tina Nixon describing the press conference to announce the resignation of chief executive Roger Sutton after a sexual harassment complaint)

No more beersies for you. (Tagline in this year’s Health Promotion Agency advertising campaign to reduce harmful alcohol consumption.)

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Filthy Catholic priest pedo scumbag set to be extradited…finally!

Bernard McGrath, enjoying the food court while awaiting a decision on his extradition to face 252 charges for sexual offending against boys

Bernard McGrath, pedo priest

Bernard McGrath can finally be named.

He is the filthy pedo scumbag who has been fighting his extradition to Australia where he is facing 250 charges of interfering with boys while a Catholic priest.

A High Court judge has rejected the bid by former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath to overturn the Minister of Justice’s decision to grant his extradition to Australia to face sex charges.

Justice Cameron Mander’s decision was issued at the Christchurch High Court today, two weeks after he spent half a day hearing submissions on the judicial review of the decision by former Justice Minister Judith Collins.

Australia is seeking the extradition of McGrath, 65, to face 252 child sex abuse charges there.

Justice Mander said today: “I conclude that the Minister made no reviewable error in making her decision that McGrath be surrendered to the Commonwealth of Australia. The application for review is declined.”

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Goff admits he leaked, gets slap on hand with wet bus ticket

Phil Goff has issued an apology admitting he leaked the contents of the IGIS report.

As is usual a politician gets a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket, whereas if anyone else had leaked such a document they would likely be prosecuted.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication.

The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further.

All witnesses, including Mr Goff, were subject to a confidentiality order of the Inspector-General. The order was made to ensure fairness and the integrity of the inquiry. The disclosure of the report by Mr Goff was in breach of the order.

While no classified information was disclosed, Mr Goff’s disclosure led to premature media reporting on the content of the report, to the detriment of other witnesses to the inquiry, particularly those adversely affected by the report. Ms Gwyn said this was unfair to those witnesses, and she would be taking steps to ensure there was greater clarity around release protocols and legal obligations for future reports.   Read more »

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Demanding politicians apologise can get rather cringeworthy at times, they can wind up being almost like the apology Father Jack Hackett gave to Bishop Brennan.

But Labour is focussing now on the fact that the only apology, such as it was, issued by John Key last year was to me.

Why they OIA’d that is beyond me…what a waste of time.

John Key delivered just a solitary written apology in 2014, ironically to one of New Zealand’s most controversial political figures.

According to Key “to the best of my recollection”, the prime minister wrote just one letter of apology this year, parliamentary questions asked by the Labour Party show.

Perhaps ironically, that single apology was delivered to Cameron Slater, the WhaleOil blogger who largely supports National but has brought much controversy upon the Government.   Read more »

Stocking filler suggestions

Stocking fillers

Stocking fillers

I have not filled my children’s stockings yet but I am always on the look out for fun little items to pop into them. As I returned from the mall yesterday, carrying rolls of wrapping paper and a few impulse gifts,I started wondering what the perfect stocking fillers would be for some of the political figures that have dominated the headlines this year. Nicky Hager, Len Brown, Kim Dotcom, Laila Harre, John Key and of course our very own toxic, vile, attack blogger/journalist Cameron Slater . Read more »

I bet he didn’t say he wanted name suppression so he didn’t appear in the NZ Herald

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I love this article in the Manawatu Standard.

People want name suppression so they don’t appear on WOBH.

I bet he didn’t say he wanted name suppression so he didn’t appear in the NZ Herald.<

Or on radio.

Or on TV.

A man accused of possessing objectionable material has been given name suppression, after concerns were raised that he could be targeted by Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater .

The suppression argument, which was heard today and last Friday in the Palmerston North District Court, revolved around what Judge Stephanie Edwards described as a “protracted” case stretching back nearly three years.

The man had interim name suppression orders rolled over after each court appearance, but an order had not been properly made on the two charges he faces, the judge said.

The man has pleaded not guilty to those charges, and elected trial by jury.

During the argument, defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said he had seen the man at various states of distress during proceedings.

“I know full well what a catastrophic effect publication will have.”

Steedman said the man would likely be targeted by Slater if named, which would have an effect on both the man’s health and his fair trial rights.

The judge gave the man name suppression today, after deciding naming him before the case was resolved could unfairly influence jury members.

The jury members were unlikely to understand some of the steps which had taken place for the case to get to where it was now, she said.

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Impotent rage gives way to quiet resignation

Political pundit Wrongly Wrongson being wrong again

Political pundit Wrongly Wrongson being wrong again

The leftwing are still crying tears of impotent rage that Nicky Hager and his criminal conspiracy to hijack an election failed. They are still crying tears of impotent rage that John Key is still Prime Minister and the ‘Chosen One’ in David Cunliffe was more mess than messiah

But none are raging more than Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly know as Martyn Martin Bradbury.

He has written a lengthy post which is drowning in those aforementioned tears of impotent rage.

Mostly it is his usual wrong-footed analysis but a couple of bits stick out.

Watching Snowden, Assange and Greenwald expose the mass surveillance state was over-shaded by Kim Dotcom, who like an imploding black hole was portrayed as a racist Bond villain intent on vengeance. That his experience of 80 paramilitary police with guns kicking down his front door to frighten his family and beat him while taking all his wealth at the behest of Corporate Hollywood radicalised him was lost on most. In the end terrible political advice generated a campaign that was too clownish to be taken seriously. Hone’s loss is a deep anguish and wound.

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Labour’s Dirty Politics by cowardly David Parker continues

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Labour’s Dirty Politics tactics continue today with coward David Parker now trying to pressure the Police into picking up allegations he’s too scared to repeat outside of Parliament.

Here’s his latest attempt at politicising the New Zealand Police force for political means. Question 11 today reads:

Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: Does he know whether or not the allegations in Matt Nippert’s 31 August 2014 article in the Sunday Star-Times that Cameron Slater and Carrick Graham were paid to undermine the Serious Fraud Office are correct?

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Slatergate the Sequel

PM reveals that he uses the same toothpaste as Slater

Prime Minister John Key has admitted that he uses Colgate toothpaste, the exact same brand as used by the toxic, controversial, vile, attack blogger Cameron Slater. The Prime Minister released a receipt from his local New World that showed that he had purchased a tube of Colgate, cavity protection as pressure mounts over his account of his relationship with the WhaleOil blogger.

Colgate with cavity protection; the same brand used by toxic, vile, controversial attack blogger Cameron Slater

Colgate with cavity protection; the same brand used by toxic, vile, controversial attack blogger Cameron Slater

Having been unable to remember the last time he asked Cameron Slater what toothpaste he used, and denying that he had deliberately purchased the exact same toothpaste as Slater to Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Key was forced to admit he misled Parliament this evening.

On Tuesday, Key was asked by reporters when he had last spoken to Slater about the brand of toothpaste he used.

“I don’t know, I can’t recall,” he said.

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