What to do about Winston?

Winston Peters launched his campaign today. Winston causes the main political parties problems. He is the unflushable grogan of New Zealand politics, no matter how many times you flush he just says in the bowl.

There could be a month long all out attack on Winston, but this would probably just play into his hands. His Australian contemporary, Pauline Hanson, stank up Australian politics for a while, until the professionals told the politicians every time they talked about her her polls went up, and if they ignored her her poll ratings fell away. One of the senior ministers was delegated to say this very publicly, and bipartisanship and collusion with the media did the rest, with Hanson getting no air time and no votes.

Being Australian and bred with a degree of low bastardry that doesn’t occur naturally in New Zealand, they also decided to put Hanson in jail for good measure. She was innocent, but that wasn’t the point. She was an embarrassment and a three year stretch was seen as a good way of taking her out of play.

It is a pity politicians here won’t man up and put Winston in jail as that would solve a lot of problems.

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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.