Matt McCarten

With friends like Matthew Hooton who needs enemies?

Matthew Hooton is a friend of Laila Harre (¬† Still I assume ) as they went/or are still to go on a skiing holiday to Whistler together. The trip has been planned and paid for, for months. It will be/should’ve been an interesting trip if it was the source of Matthew’s statement on Paul Henry yesterday about The Labour Party and The Internet Party.

He stated that the Labour Party’s¬† “Vote Positive” campaign slogan was designed to complement Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth as the idea was to provide a contrast between despicable John Key and The Labour Party. This confirmation, from a confidant of Laila’s, confirms what we have said all along here on Whaleoil about Dirty Politics being a hit organised by not one but two political parties ably assisted or led by the Machiavellian Matt McCarten, a long time friend and Alliance pal of Laila Harre.

This is the first time that Hooton has dropped the veil. Of course he was donkey deep in pushing the left-wing slant on Dirty Politics…he constantly claimed that this MP or that MP was next, and that John Key would have to resign, and that National would lose the election. He was drinking the Kool-aid of the Dirty Politics crew, literally, from the horse’s mouth. He is as complicit as the media, and perhaps more guilty than most.

I still find it interesting that there is nary a mention of him in Dirty Politics…and certainly nothing about his own business practices…very interesting indeed.

However the collusion between Labour’s inner sanctum and Dotcom’s criminal political conspiracy is now established.There is no longer any doubt that Labour via the cosy relationship between Matt McCarten and Laila Harre colluded with and plotted with Kim Dotcom in order to subvert our democracy and hijack an election through a criminal enterprise.

This now makes the story I heard from one National MP that saw McCarten approach Mark Mitchell, and stop and say “Ahhh, so I finally meet the puppet master” make complete sense.

Now what on earth could McCarten have meant by that statement? It means nothing unless you also watched Martyn Martin Bradbury claim constantly via his left-wing hate speech blog that Mark Mitchell ‘s election was going to end in tears and that he should have shut up about Kim Dotcom.

But I digress…that story is for another day.

Best of all, with Hooton outing the relationship,  and just after revealing this pertinent bit of information, Hooton then threw Laila under the bus, naming her the years biggest Political Loser but trying to soften the blow by comparing her to feminist icon Kate Sheppard!

Hooton is nothing if not shameless, I’ll admire him for that, but as for his political predictions for the election, they were as accurate as those of Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury.

Audrey Young has been at the Kool-Aid too

It looks like dear old Audrey Young has been drinking the Kool-Aid too.

She writes about whether or not Matt McCarten is going to be able to save Labour.

The answer is easy, it is no, for two reasons…one is he won’t be in place for long and second is he isn’t what his legend makes him out to be.

Undeterred by the obvious Audrey Young attempts to ignore it all.

An extraordinary thing happened in the Labour Party last week.

It went largely uncommented upon because extraordinary things happening in Labour are not unusual at the moment.

The party has been utterly entranced by new leader Andrew Little, who almost did not get back into Parliament at all after the election. It’s the stuff of fantasy, Little rightly muses.

But so, too, was his appointment of Matt McCarten as his permanent chief of staff.

It is the same Matt McCarten who spent a lot of his Machiavellian years if not trying to destroy Labour then at least trying to supplant it on the left with the breakaway Alliance. He was also the key adviser to a leader who took the party to its worst result in 92 years. ¬† Read more »

After Labour’s worst defeat of 80 years, what do you do with the strategy team?

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Labour leader Andrew Little has appointed left wing strategist Matt McCarten as his chief of staff.

Mr McCarten was chief of staff for former leader David Cunliffe and was kept on in a temporary basis after Mr Little won the leadership a month ago.

Mr McCarten’s appointment in February stunned the Labour caucus because as a founder of the break-away Alliance, he had spent years opposing Labour.

But he has earned the trust of MPs and staff with his strategic skills and people management skills.

Mr Little has been reviewing the leaders’ office. Yesterday he confirmed Mr McCarten’s appointment and all other staff will be kept on.

Mr McCarten helped to found the militant Unite Union for low paid workers and Mr Little is a former national secretary of the Engineers’ Union.

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

David Cunliffe and “Vote Positive” slated as major reasons for Labour’s failure

Not sure why I had any hope that Labour’s internal review as to why they had the worst election results for around 80 years was going to produce something beyond the obvious. ¬†Claire Trevett¬†reports

Labour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems ranging from a failure to unite behind former leader David Cunliffe to resourcing and confusion over its “Vote Positive” slogan.

The panel of four reported back to Labour’s Council at the weekend on the first part of its three-part review – a look into the election campaign.

The party will not release review findings until all three parts are completed, expected in February.

One of the review team, Bryan Gould, said the panel’s terms of reference had included the leadership of Mr Cunliffe and while there were mixed views on some issues, the main problem was a failure to unite behind the leader.

“It is very important to unite behind your leader. Probably that’s one of the key messages. We didn’t shy away from any issue. I don’t think we went overboard, but we told it as it seemed to us.”

Astounding.   Failure to unite behind a leader.

Let me tell you something. ¬†If people don’t want to follow you, then you’re not a leader. ¬†Typical Labour. ¬†They think they can legislate things away, just like they think they can order people to follow a leader.

After all this “research”, they are still completely lost. ¬†This is what they should say:

We picked the wrong leader.  Our process for picking party leaders is flawed when it allows a leader to be selected that does not have the backing of the wider party.

As for the Vote Positive slogan. ¬†It really didn’t make sense. ¬†Everyone thought it was a head scratcher. ¬†That was, of course, until the Dirty Politics book came out. ¬† Then it all slotted in as part of a strategy.

Not that it worked.  The electorate saw it for what it was:  an organised Labour Party hit using the usual channels.  Nicky Hager may be celebrated in the murky black ops areas of the left, but he is deeply distrusted by middle New Zealand.

Let’s not forget that National nearly managed an outright majority for the first time in the MMP era.

If that isn’t a message that the left is totally lost, I don’t know what is.

 

– NZ Herald

Little clutching at straws, the reckoning is coming.

Andrew Little doesn’t seem to have noticed that the voting public delivered Labour a smacking in the last election.

Despite the machinations of their Chief of Staff, running and coordinating Dirty Politics, together with left wing bloggers and a compliant media the plans failed.

Yet here is Andrew Little continuing to run that same failed plan for a full week.

Their plan this week, using another attack blogger has done absolutely nothing to improve Labour’s position, reinforced that Labour is the nasty party with Little’s mad ranting in parliament and cost the former EQC staffer his job on the way through.

Given his past criminal history that blogger is probably now upside down in a bottle of booze.

But Little just keeps on digging.

Over the week he has played the mental health card on me…calling me delusional..nice one Andrew. But I am pretty happy he has backed his Chief of Staff, it will make it that much easier now to tip Little over for defending the indefensible.

Then he has decided that there is more to the story than there really is.

Again he is just guessing saying this to Radio NZ:

However, he had a hunch Mr Key was hiding more about his contact with Mr Slater, he said.

Andrew Little says the text exchange released by the Prime Minister’s Office does not look complete.

Mr Little said the text exchange between the pair released by Mr Key did not look complete.

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Slater speaks out! Well, I never…

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Some of what I told TV3 earlier today, for those who need to catch up

Prime Minister John Key has had further contact with Cameron Slater since Monday night’s text message chat about the Security Intelligence Service’s (SIS) release of documents to the blogger in 2011.

Slater has confirmed to 3 News he had to provide Mr Key with the text messages so his office could make them public.

“I provided them to him because he doesn’t keep his texts, and he requested that I provide the texts and I sent them through,” says Slater.

In the exchange, which Mr Key initially told Parliament didn’t take place but later backtracked to confirm it had, Slater claims Phil Goff leaked the report in full, that Labour chief of staff Matt McCarten was behind the hacking of his computer that led to Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, and that he has evidence his political opponents “tried to kill” him.

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Are Rawshark and The Comedian linked? You decide

Rawshark is a bastardisation of Rorscharch.

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Rorscharch being one of the Marvel DC Comics masked villains of course.  One of the Watchmen.

So colour me surprised when Josh Forman picks “The Comedian” as his secret name. ¬† 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 »

Some questions I’d like The Nation to ask Laila

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I see Laila Harre is going on The Nation this weekend.

This weekend on The Nation… Laila Harre breaks her post-election silence… the veteran activist of the left fronts up on the future of the Internet Party, her own leadership, and what’s next for her.

Most likely it will be promoting the thing her and her sister are doing.

I also see that Matthew Hooton is adding commentary. I hope that both him and Laila have declared that they are about to jet off to Colorado on a skiing holiday together.

It really should be declared if you are going to provide commentary about her. ¬† Read more »