Proof the coup is still on

After yesterday’s extensive coverage about David Parker and his pending leadership coup it was of no surprise to see that the Labour hatchet teams are out in force. They have clearly leaked his relationship with the partner of the infirm Chris Knox.

A senior Labour politician touted as a future Labour Party leader is romantically involved with the long-time partner of a Kiwi musician debilitated by a severe stroke.

Labour list MP David Parker is said to be involved with Auckland sculptor Barbara Ward, partner of rocker Chris Knox.

Knox, who has been confined to a wheelchair since a massive stroke in June 2009, is best known for the song Not Given Lightly – written for Ward. Knox and Ward have two children, John and Liesha, who are also mentioned in the famous love song.

Not Given Lightly has been voted New Zealand’s 13th most popular song and is the country’s most-requested wedding song.

The stroke cost Knox his ability to speak, and left him needing fulltime care. Ward is understood to still be involved in that care.

The only reason this story has surfaced is because Goff is running scared. So scared that the dirty tricks are being rolled out. It does however raise some questions about Parker for nicking a chick of someone effectively crippled by a stroke and apparently confined to a wheelchair.  It shows Parker really is the lowest form of opportunist there can be.

Perhaps Chris Knox will re-write the song Not Given Lightly.

“This is a love song to John and Leisha’s motheeer,
Thanks to David Parker, there won’t be anotheeeer”

I don’t think this needed to come out, it certainly shows that Goff and his dwindling team are running desperate. So desperate they are delving into the personal lives of their opponents. It just goes to show that Labour haven’t learned that using nasty personality politics doesn’t work.


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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.

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