Rodney Hide uses his column inÂ theÂ NBR to explain what would have happened if Winston Peters had gotten his hands on the documents of the illegal hacker/criminal who attacked me.
Mr Hager took the emails and made quite a story. Post-election, his claims havenât stood up. But no matter. It was big news ahead of the election. The media loved it.Â Dirty PoliticsÂ dominated the election campaign.
Now imagine Mr Peters with the same material. He could weave a far better story. He would make it sound truly shocking, terrible and totally corrupt. With Mr Peters it would sound believable.
By comparison, Mr Hager lacks gravitas. He was good â he convinced people he was an investigative journalist â but heâs nowhere near as good as Mr Peters.
More than that, Mr Peters had the protection and platform of Parliament. He could have said anything.
He would have been the news every night
And he would have sustained the attacks day in, day out. He would have done so for months.Â With that material, and that story, no matter that it wasnât true, Mr Peters would have brought the government down. Every page ofÂ Dirty PoliticsÂ would be another dayâs shocking news. And when he ran out of pages he would be busy alluding to what was to come. Â Read more »