Things candidates will do for an endorsement from The Whale

Just got this photo through the tipline with a request for an endorsement for Josie Pagani….I never tell who my tipline correspondents are but I do wonder who was taking the photo.

I met Josie Pagani last election on the blog mobile tour. I found her pleasant and intelligent. I haven’t changed my mind.

The Labour party needs people like Josie Pagani in parliament in order to clean up their caucus from the legacy of the Clark years and the stench of union dominated vote rigging.

I’d like to see Josie elected but unfortunately on current polling she is unlikely to get in on the list. Therefore the only way for her to get in would be for National voters to elect her as their MP and give their party vote to National. Ian McKelvie is likely to be a one termer anyway so they would be on a win win. Get a competent local MP and a National government. Labour would be on a winner too because they are set to lose every other provincial seat including Palmerston North, plus they would have Josie in caucus to straighten them out.

Since she got a loyal supporter to beg for the endorsement and the photo includes the word “Whale” it would be rude of me not to endorse her as an all round good candidate.


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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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