Commentators hoe into Labour

Labour is really copping it in the press at the moment.

John Armstrong:

"The measure of how badly Labour has handled the Phillip Field saga can be judged from the party's obvious relief that the police are investigating the disgraced MP.

The prospect of a police probe into an MP's activities would normally induce a reaction from colleagues akin to Dracula sighting a crucifix."

Fran O'Sullivan:

"Helen Clark's long reign as New Zealand's Teflon Prime Minister is over. With a leader who resorted to Nixonian tactics to push Police Commissioner Peter Doone out of office six years ago, it must be galling for him to watch a successor open the criminal investigation that Clark had repeatedly emphasised was not warranted into Taito Phillip Field's actions.

It's not the timing that will give the Prime Minister any grief. Cynics are right to say that Commissioner Howard Broad's announcement on Thursday could not have come at a more convenient time for her."

Vernon Small:

"From the outside, Phillip Field looks for all the world like a lame duck MP who has lost the confidence of his leader, his party and a fair chunk of the public; even of his core Pasifika constituency.

Yet inside Mr Field's head lives a proud man who believes he has done nothing wrong and seems to be, by turns, angry, besieged and full of plans for retribution against those he believes have wronged or defamed him. So for now it is no-go Taito."

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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.