Braunias on McCully

Steve Braunias looks at Murray McCully’s secret diary, he finds a Nigerian scamster has been emailing Murray:


Quite a large sum of money is missing from the Government’s bank account.

Discuss the situation with Bill English and the PM.

We agree that there’s no proof that it was Victor, and even less evidence that his email was some sort of scam.

“And let’s not forget the $76m in cash stowed away in a safety deposit box in Europe,” says English.

The PM ponders the situation. He asks exactly how much is missing from the Government’s bank account.

When I tell him it’s $25m, he shrugs, and recommends I go about trying to get the money back from somewhere else before anyone notices.

And then we leave the room together, but get stuck in the doorway.


Call in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade chief executive John Allen for a bit of a chat.

“How are the staff?” I ask him.

“Their morale is at an all-time low,” he says.

“Why d’you think that is?” I say.

“They hate working for you,” he says.

“That’s easily solved,” I tell him, and we draw up plans to axe 300 jobs.

Happily, it equates to a saving of $25m.

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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.