The lies Labour tells

Labour, Trevor Mallard at least, is frothing at the mouth over the Brash coup. While he is focussing on Brash and ACT though National is getting away under the radar. I have no problems with Labour doing this, it means Don Brash gets to talk about himself and ACt and their policies and it means that labour sees them as a credible threat thereby lending credence to anything the good Doctor has to say.

What I do object to though is the blatant lies that Trevor is now spreading. He is still running the now proven lie that Don Brash said that our nuclear free policy would be “gone by lunchtime”.

Wikileaks proveed this to be false. Further Wikileaks proved that Phil Goff lied about it too.

Goff’s problem is that he is embarrassed by the WikiLeaks revelation.

He should look closer to home.

He had no compunction using notes of a private meeting between former National leader Don Brash and a visiting United States delegation to claim New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy “would be gone by lunchtime” under a National government.

The WikiLeaks documents have something to say on this score too.

Former United States ambassador Bill McCormick wrote in November 2006 that Goff had “misquoted” an Mfat staffer’s notes from the meeting to claim that Brash had promised the nuclear ban would be “gone by lunchtime”.

“Brash denied he intended to get rid of the ban without a referendum, but was unable to respond credibly when Labour said that must mean he was planning to scrap the legislation, which many Kiwis view as an iconic part of the country’s identity,” McCormick said.

It’s notable that Goff refused the Herald’s request under the Official Information Act to release the full notes of the meeting that Brash had with the six visiting Republican senators.

If Labour’s best defense against a resurgent ACT party is a lie then they really are screwed. But thanks to Trevor for reminding us that their leader is a liar and a leaker.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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