The NZ Herald are sitting on a pile of unused (and still stolen) Dirty Politics information, mostly the stuff that came from my emails. Â When it became clear that they weren’t destroying Whaleoil, nor National, it was as if a switch was thrown – overnight, all leaks and coverage stopped.
Now that the election is over, the conundrum of how to deal with me still sits up. Â They don’t just need a
Cameron Slater Killer Whaleoil Killer, they need a Freed Killer as well.
But there is a much more personal reason for many Herald journos.
A number of NZ Herald journos have fallen silent after trying to frame their involvementÂ with Dirty PoliticsÂ from their perspective. Â I’ve not responded to these in public in any detail – instead I’ll present the Inquiry with the evidence instead. Â They can sort out the wheat from the chaff.
In the mean time, the NZ Herald have run out of people who can publicly attack me that aren’t already compromised by havingÂ been part of Dirty Politics.
It seems John Armstrong has drawn the short straw now.
National is hardly keen to resurrect the matter. The Prime Minister’s success in shooting the messenger to kill the message, National’s subsequent stunning victory at the ballot box, and the thrashing handed to Labour and that party’s post-election meltdown have pushed the contents of Dirty Politics well out of the political limelight.
The rotten smell lingers, however. And National should think seriously about acknowledging it is badly tainted and do something which shows it is genuinely cleaning up its act.
No doubt many in the party are instead quietly revelling in what comes close to state persecution of Hager for the trumped-up crime of exposing the ugly truth about the true level of National’s adherence to New Zealand’s fundamental democratic and constitutional principles. No doubt many think the party has got off relatively scot-free despite indulging in some pretty abominable behaviour.
Keep in mind that the NZ Herald areÂ donkey deep in this as well. Â They are trying their hardest to frame the issue so Dirty Politics might just, finally, take out yours truly as well as become the constant irritant for National during this term. Read more »