Nasty Politics

Whaleoil’s sources from Palmerston North say that yesterday’s front page of the Evening Standard had a huge headline “Nasty Politics Claim by Rival”. An interesting story follows, about how Iain Lees-Galloway had a big sook over his list ranking, even though he is a well known self serving unionist. Maybe you have to be both a self serving unionist and one of the gaggle to get a good position on the Labour list.

Whatever the case it appears that Iain Lees-Galloway decided it would be a good idea to run a protest outside his opponents place of business. This is considered a bit dodgy, but this blog is not really bound by social norms so doesn’t object to Iain’s protest.

What it does object to is politicians not telling the truth. Iain Lees-Galloway was challenged by his opponent about why he was protesting outside her family business and said:

But Mr Lees-Galloway, who is Labour’s Defence and Land Information spokesman, said the location was chosen by his Young Labour supporters because of the heavy traffic flow.

“There was no intention to target Leonie’s business and it hadn’t even crossed my mind,” he said.

“Yeah, when I got there I thought: `OK we’re outside the Coachman’ but it was no plan on my part.”

Mr Lees-Galloway doubted many people would have made the connection between the Labour campaigners and Mrs Hapeta’s hotel.

Ok Iain since you made some claims let’s examine the facts. The tipline informants say you parked your van full of self serving unionists  and parked it a few hundred meters from the Coachman. You and your self serving unionists walked down the road and to your opponents place of business and started protesting. You get confronted by your opponent, and you walk a few hundred meters back down the road to the van.  And you expect the people of Palmerston North to believe you when you say “There was no intention to target Leonie’s business and it hadn’t even crossed my mind,“. I call bullshit on that.

I believe this is a lie. A big lie, either that or Iain is congenitally stupid. Probably a lie though, the kind of lie a man who plays away with a stenographer would use to pacify the missus.  And to think Iain’s parents scrimped and save to send him to Kings.

Maybe I will have apply Mangrove’s label to ILG. I know Stuart will be relieved and possibly grateful to Iain for the useful distraction.

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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.

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