Lyn Prentice from The Standard likes to go on about how independent the authors are, how no one tells them what to do or say, and since the election has been gobbing off repeatedly along those lines.
Then yesterday he wrote a post attacking Clayton Cosgrove.
In the afternoon however the post disappeared, and this message popped up on The Standard.
So, after telling us how all independent they are they get a message from Tim Barnett to take the post down, and incredibly they then do so.
I have had, over the years, many requests from the hierarchy of the National party requests to take posts down, or instructions to stop bashing people, like Peter Goodfellow, and all those requests were met with a polite “Get stuffed”. If they pushed the issue then it go a stronger response along the lines of “Go f*ck yourself”.
Yet here we have a supposedly independent blog and author taking orders from the Labour party hierarchy.
Word from my Labour sources, both inside Fraser House and labour’s caucus is that Barnett and Moira Coatsworth are trying to hose down the animosity and open warfare and so are strong arming people to shut up, or remove posts like the one that has disappeared from The Standard.
Unfortunately for the world’s greatest sysop this is the internet…and nothing is gone even when you delete it.
So as a public service and as a matter of public interest in trying to understand why the Labour party is successfully censoring The Standard, here is the text of the post that the Labour party is trying to quietly bury. Read more »