Labour’s dirty tricks continue

Labour is betting the bank on getting John Banks. But as usual their attacks are based on smears, falsehoods and mistruths.

Sensing blood in the water, Labour has stepped up its attacks on Mr Banks, which have included leaflets highlighting some of the former Cabinet minister’s past statements, including racially charged comments and his unfavourable views on homosexuality.

Glad to see the media knows where those leaflets came from. I blogged about them days ago. David Parker tries to distance himself from them:

Yesterday, Mr Parker said he had nothing to do with the pamphlet, but he believed it was fair for Mr Banks to be held accountable for the comments now as they were “part of his political life”.

Yet the person who has been putting out those leaflets is actually an executive member of Young Labour. Make no mistake, David Parker knows exactly what is going on. Labour is front and centre mounting a dirty campaign just like they have always done.

Trevor Mallard of course isn’t far from the fray either calling on John Banks to pull out. Presumably on the flimsy basis that he once said something in 1978. Does anyone think that Levi Joule, the Young Labour Auckland regional executive could have come up with a quote from john Banks made more than 10 years before he was born without input from the Goffice?

If some thing you said in the 70s is the reason for you to resign then why is Mallard still there after getting conviction for obscene language in 1971.

Labour are pulling out all stops, watch this get real dirty. There is a reason though why Labour is desperate to see their proxies shop the murk, that is because in new Zealand voter tend to not like to see their politicians flinging the dirt, and if you fling too much sometimes you find some it gets returned in spades.

Labour has earned and deserves the reputation as new Zealand’s nasty party.


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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.

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