Garth George sticks it to Labour

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In the Hearld this morning is a superb article by Garth George, essentially about perception.

For the benfit of the Cullender, Mrs Peter Davis and Jordan the old adage goes something like this.

“Perception IS Reality” What that means for Labour is that it does matter how much you spin and lie and rob New Zealanders they PERCIEVE you to be the liars, hypocrites and thieves that you are.

Some quotes from Garth’s article;

I had to smile at Helen Clark’s comment reported on Tuesday that “We’re going to come to the point where this election will be a test of the National Party’s credibility”.

That seemed to me rather hilarious since the fact is that it’s Labour’s credibility that is on the line already and, if the polls are to be believed, is slipping further day by day.


The scaremongering issuing from Labour about reductions in essential services such as health, education and welfare coming as a result of any tax cuts is seen by all but the most rabid Labour supporter as just that – scaremongering.

Because there is no doubt in anyone else’s mind that there is plenty of room for paring Government spending without affecting sharp-end services.

and this pearler

I seem to recall back in 1999 that the patsy Jim Anderton led the argument for an increase in the top tax rate from 33c to 39c in the dollar. It was put forward as a means by which the Government would be able to afford to do something about poverty, and the inference was that it would be a temporary measure.

I supported it at the time out of the goodness of my heart, but in hindsight I should have known better. It had been so many years since we’d had a socialist government that I had forgotten the socialist propensity for knowing better how to spend our money than we do.

And the final and perhaps most fitting comment

Quite frankly I don’t give a damn who wins the election, whenever it is to be held. All I know is that I won’t be voting Labour. Because I will not tolerate being treated as if I were a mushroom – fed bullshit and kept in the dark.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.