Some commenters have mentioned the hatchet job done last night on John Palino.
Reports I’ve had from the press conference say that Rebecca Wright and David Fisher were an absolute disgrace, playing up, shouting down John Palino and generally being disruptive. Video exists of these performances. Someone wondered whether the both of them had done some dirty lines of coke just prior because of the way they acted.
Commenters have also echoed the calls of media for John Palino to come clean on his “involvement” in Len Brown’s affair, which is just plain silly…they are attacking a man who had nothing to do with anything and expecting him to “come clean” and stop denying. They are actually asking him to lie, because you can’t come clean about something you had no knowledge of.
Some weeks before the election I was aware of something untoward regarding Bevan Chuang and Len Brown. Over a few weeks I managed to establish with Bevan Chuang that it involved some lewd text messages. I was shown a couple, but I thought they were nothing.
Prior to the election I had a speaking engagement at a conference in Singapore and used that trip to also visit my brother in Dubai. I was sitting on the tarmac at Auckland airport when I received a flurry of text messages from Bevan Chuang. She wanted to know if I was going to do anything with her story. Stephen Cook had been talking to her and his assessment to me was that there was no story. I agreed. A couple of dirty text messages were nothing. And, as Bevan Chuang wasn’t prepared to say anything else, I basically told her to piss off as there was no story and I was going overseas in any case.
That was the last I heard about it until a couple of days before the election was due to close when Bevan suddenly wanted to talk some more. There was more, but it wasn’t until the Sunday after the election that Stephen Cook sat down with her and got the full story of the sordid affair…and the affidavit.
At no time did I discuss the story with my father…anyone who knows us knows that we aren’t that close…and don’t actually talk that often. I’ve always considered that Dad was too gentlemanly to really get into politics. I had argued with him my entire life about matching nasty Labour Party tactics with the same venom. He, in fact, has been used to send messages to me from gutless politicians to tell me to pull my head in. They were always met with the same answer…if they’ve got something to say then they can call me directly. Read more »