Labour party

Another NewstalkZB staffer goes feral

There seems to be a cancer eating away at NewstalkZB…one of a lack of courage too, because Rachel Smalley and ¬†now James Robins are both giving me a good ¬†kicking.

You have to wonder if an edict has gone out from NZME.

But neither of them have the courage to say these sorts of things to my face…like many in the media they are spineless cowards.

James Robins goes on a defamatory rant…it really is quite funny. Dallas Gurney will be loving the ratings and traffic that a stoush¬†with me brings.

The Labour Party‚Äôs new leader Andrew Little may believe that the Prime Minister should ‚Äústand up, take responsibility‚Ķapologise‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmove on‚ÄĚ. But there‚Äôs little chance of turning away from an ever-increasing barrage of evidence against the Government‚Äôs deeply disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions.

Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn‚Äôs inquiry sought to uncover allegations made against Warren Tucker (former head of the Security Intelligence Service), staffers in the Prime Minister‚Äôs office (like black-ops man Jason Ede), and Cameron Slater (a ‚Äútoxic‚ÄĚ hatemonger and terminal ‚Äúreprobate‚ÄĚ blogger) prior to the 2011 Election.

What¬†disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions….this is politics you numpty.

As for calling me a toxic hatemonger, have you been swallowing the seed of Martyn Martin Bradbury? I bet Larry Williams and Leighton Smith don’t agree with you…or even your own boss.

Then-Labour leader Phil Goff, mistakenly convinced that he hadn’t received an intelligence briefing about the actions of a few Israelis after the Christchurch earthquake, found himself under attack not during Question Time or from his enemies during a media stand-up but from the fly-blown pages of a deranged blog.

Released on Tuesday, Gwyn‚Äôs report entirely confirms (as if Nicky Hager‚Äôs claims needed more affirmation) that Slater received a tip-off about Goff‚Äôs folly, was coached through making an OIA request by Key‚Äôs staffer Jason Ede, received his politically-damaging treasure in record time thanks to Tucker‚Äôs inability to stay ‚Äúpolitically neutral‚ÄĚ, and proceeded to lambast the Labour Party alongside the Government who gleefully kept their hands ‚Äėclean‚Äô of the entire affair.

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A Terrible Start for Andrew “Who?” Little

Andrew ‚ÄúWho?‚ÄĚ Little has been in place since the 18th of November.

In that time he has achieved just about nothing. No cut through. No interest from the New Zealand public. No sense of what he stands for except promoting New Zealand’s favourite political blog.

Like previous leaders he appears to have come to the leadership without a plan and he is winging it.

So far we know nothing about Little’s plans for bringing Labour back into power.

He hasn’t talked about his route to victory, the sections of society he needs to win back to be Prime Minister. He has failed to demonstrate how he can construct a voting coalition that will give him a majority in Parliament.

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Face of the day

Rachael ' Serious ' Smalley

Rachel ‘ Serious ‘ Smalley

Rachel Smalley says it’s not OK.

What is she talking about?

Domestic violence?

Islamic Extremism?

That murdering Pedophile being returned to us from Brazil?

Nope, none of the above.

She, as a ‘ serious, ‘ journalist has decided that Cameron (a Journalist ) should not communicate with the PM by text and that the PM should not be communicating by text with him. Why? Well her reasoning is outlined in an article filled with defamation. Every accusation she makes against Cam is defamatory and a smear. No doubt she is secure in the knowledge that if Nicky Hager can get way with unproven allegations¬† after using a Journalist’s stolen correspondence, then so can she.

She revels in her freedom of speech and says what ever nasty unproven things that she likes about Cameron. He, however in her opinion does not have that same right. If he attacks someones character then that is toxic behaviour and he should be stopped but it is quite OK for her to say things like….

…the country’s most ruthless blogger, the man who stops at nothing to attack, undermine or manipulate anyone who opposes the National Party

vile revelations that came out about Slater and the frightening ways with which he tried to shut people down, people who opposed the National Party or people who were critical of it

Of course ‘ serious ‘ journalists should be free to talk about about Cameron Slater all that they like. They are allowed to talk to him, interview him, text him, get stories off him and write about him because Cameron Slater is money in the bank. Cameron Slater sells dead tree media and Cameron Slater ups readership, viewership. listenership and ratings. Let’s face it no matter what adjectives you use to describe him he has the readership, he has the influence and maddeningly ,unlike ‘ serious ‘ journalist Smalley he has access to the PM’s ear although John Key will probably now throw him under the bus like he did Judith Collins. Key is nothing if not pragmatic. He will do whatever it takes to shut down attacks from the Media on himself or his government.

The Labour party’s Andrew Little is fortunate that the MSM are not interested in Left Wing Blogger Josh Forman and his Blog Slightly Left of Centre. If they were they could attack him for his Deputies close relationship with him. They could ask Annette for a copy of her texts to Josh and ask when she was last in contact with him. They could find out who leaked the e-mail between him and Cameron to Annette so that it could be used to try to frame questions to John Key in the house.They could do a little research and discover that Josh lost his job this week for leaking information to the Labour Party.

In fact it has all the ingredients for a great scandal but there is only one problem with this tale of Dirty Politics, it doesn’t suit their agenda.

The Standard have gone so far as to state that Josh Forman and his Blog are actually both Cameron Slater. I really don’t know where Cameron finds the time. Just being him is enough work but being Josh and writing a whole other Blog as well, that’s just CRAZY talk but that is The Standard for you.

I am sure that Josh Forman right now, is wishing that he was, just a figment of Cameron’s imagination. He thought he was so clever trying to Trojan horse, New Zealand’s most popular Blogger.

Nothing personal Josh, it’s just politics, under the bus you go.

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Chris Trotter sends a warning to Little Angry Andy

Chris Trotter thinks that Andrew Little has had a great week.

We disagreed as we shared a short conversation in the offices of Radio Live yesterday, but I have just read his column where he sends a veiled a warning to Andrew Little.

The message to the man he defeated by a single percentage point could not be clearer.

Little expects a lot more from his future Finance Minister than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by the level of praise emanating from the business community. For Little, looking after the One Percent’s funds cannot be Labour’s first priority. The critical challenge confronting Labour’s next Finance Minister will be funding the changes so desperately needed by the other Ninety-Nine Percent.

In other words: how does Labour make sure that a rising tide of economic growth lifts more than just the luxury yachts?

Little has strongly hinted that the answer to that question does not lie in the introduction of a Capital Gains Tax, or raising the age of eligibility for superannuation from 65 to 67. New policies, based on the electorate‚Äôs most urgent needs, is what Little has asked for, and his promise to review the Shadow Cabinet‚Äôs performance in 12 months‚Äô time strongly suggests that he means to get them. Little‚Äôs colleagues would be wise to assume that his threshold for failure is set a lot lower than his predecessors‚Äô.¬† Read more »

Request for the Ground Crew – Andrew “Who?” Little

This is what Andrew Little looks like

This is what Andrew Little looks like

Andrew ‚ÄúWho?‚ÄĚ Little has made a terrible start to his tenure as Labour Party leader.

He seems hell bent on promoting New Zealand’s favourite political blog, rather than articulating a vision for New Zealand.

Maybe he is as dead set useless as David Cunliffe who became leader then didn‚Äôt have anything ready to run with because he was a lazy bastard during his previous 14 years in power? ¬†¬† Read more »

Moira quits, time for Tim to go, and Matt should pack his bags too

Election losses demand accountability, and when the election loss is as bad as Labour’s heads need to roll.
David Cunliffe has gone. Now Moira Coatesworth has gone.

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as President of the Labour Party and will stand down in mid-December.

Ms Coatsworth confirmed she had formally resigned and the party would elect a new President by postal ballot in mid-February to work with Andrew Little on making any changes required after the party’s post-election review.

She had earlier said she did not expect to stay on as President after holding the position for 3.5 years – working with four different leaders in quick succession – Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little.

Names which have been mentioned as possible contenders include Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and academic Nigel Haworth, Labour’s current policy director. Mr Leggett has previously expressed an interest, but his enthusiasm has reportedly waned. ¬†¬† Read more »

Correction

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Just to be clear, I never said the Labour Party were trying to kill me. ¬†That’s the spin the Labour Party have put on it this morning. ¬† I wonder why?

The statement about McCarten being involved in Dirty Politics and the statement about people involved in Dirty Politics trying to kill me were separate and distinct.  The criminal conspiracy was large enough for some of them not to know what others were planning in parallel.

McCarten was involved in the whole sordid Vote Positive campaign that was to augment the release of the Dirty Politics book.  All of that was the product of criminal conspiracy.

Still, maybe they know something about McCarten’s intentions towards me that I don’t?

I wonder if Labour are going to be dumb enough to put that spin into Hansard? ¬† Read more »

Josh Forman and his attempt to leak information from his government job

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Josh Forman

Josh Forman thought yesterday that he would try and nail the PM by releasing an email between me and him.

Little did he know that I had smelled a rat some days ago and set him up.

However over the course of the past month he has been sending me information that he came by in his role working in the state sector, specifically information designed to undermine CERA and the EQC, but especially Gerry Brownlee.

He states in his email suggesting a blog post and potential set of OIA questions the following from a temporary email account.

The Comedian <[email protected]>
To: camslater

Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

RE: OIA suggestion + Article suggestion

OIA suggestion + Article suggestion

When it comes to corruption, New Zealand does pretty damn well.

Where there are large amounts of taxpayers money available in a bureaucratic environment there is bound to be the occasional hiccup, but you would expect that processes would be in place to detect and deal with such instances.

This is a fair and reasonable expectation when you are dealing with a large, long established organisation such as ACC or Work and Income – while they have had their issues with largesse in the past, there has not been, to date at least the wholesale embezzlement of state funds.

What then are the safeguards that are in place when a small crown entity is forced to rapidly and massively up scale its operations, make up policy on the fly, deal with a complex disaster situation, while juggling the responsibility of dealing with billions of dollars in levy payers funds?

I’m talking about the Earthquake Commission and its primary recovery agent. Fletcher EQR.

What assurance does the public have that the organisation formerly employing 20 staff, which now has in excess of 1000 employees which has paid out almost $8 billion dollars in either cash settlements or repair works for earthquake damage in Canterbury alone, has put in place the safeguards necessary to ensure that the money is spent appropriately?

In short, there are no guarantees when it comes to EQC and EQR.

Today we submitted an OIA Request to EQC requesting specific information on it’s operations and seeking answers to the questions outlined above.

[REDACTED: 14 potential OIA requests, some defamatory in nature]

If intending to publish this I would appreciate if you could refer to me as your source close to the rebuild based in Canterbury and leave it at that. this disclosure and OIA suggestion puts me at significant personal risk.Do not identify me.

The Comedian

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Greens & Labour still helping promote blog

Yesterday I wrote about being mentioned in parliament by name 75 times.

You’d think Labour and the greens would learn…but no.

Here is yesterday’s effort.

Q2: Andrew Little mentioned me by name 5 times.

Q4: Megan Woods mentioned me 8 times by name.

Q6: Russel Norman mentioned me by name 18 times.

In the General Debate there were 16 mentions of my name and 2 of the website.¬† Read more »

Labour’s own Dirty Politics scam busted, Josh Forman and Annette King need to explain [UPDATED]

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Josh Forman

A while ago I was contacted by Josh Forman, who works for a state sector organisation closely linked to CERA and the EQC, for coaching as a blogger.

He wanted to set up a reasoned voice on the left, I thought this sounded like a good idea at the time.

I did however have some suspicions about his integrity and certainly his previous brushes with the law made me wary.

From the start he seemed in a hurry to get somewhere and was always looking for dirt on National MPs in order to make a name for himself.

He certainly wanted to attack John Key.

In his correspondence with me, he certainly outlined who inside Labour he was working with and he claimed a strong working relationship with Annette King. If you check their Twitter conversations they are certainly very friendly.

On Monday night there was a lot of chatter about the leak of the IGIS report into the SIS and the Prime Ministers Office.

He was emailing me asking questions about it. ¬† Read more »