The blackmail scandal lurches onwards

The soap opera continues today. Michelle Boag and Bronwyn Pullar are spinning crocodile tears now and only really have Phil Kitchin to shop stories to. He is trying valiantly but it is more out of self preservation than anything else.

Any day soon other journalists are going to compare his breathless reporting against the facts and find that the much vaunted investigative journalist has hyped a story that was fed to him by two women on a mission.

Meanwhile in the NZ Herald we find out more about the lengthy communications relationship between Bronwyn Pullar and Nick Smith:

Then-ACC Minister Nick Smith wrote a reference for his friend and National Party insider Bronwyn Pullar as she was battling to secure entitlements from the corporation.

Dr Smith said last night it was sent “as a friend” in July last year to provide evidence of his knowledge of her state of health before her cycling accident in 2002.

He said the letter was written only so Ms Pullar could give it to her medical assessors, and this morning told Radio New Zealand he’d be quite happy to make it public.

Why on earth would Nick Smith do that? He is an MP from Nelson, she is a marketing person from Auckland. It seems strange that a minister would compromise his position in such a way.

Dr Smith said Ms Pullar had emailed him many times seeking his intervention in her case after he became minister in 2008 but he had declined saying it would be inappropriate.

This morning he told Radio New Zealand he would be happy for the letter to be made public.

Oh good grief…emails, letter, multiple times….anyone would think they used to be lovers with all that carry on.

One thing is for sure, as more information filters out, is that Bronwyn Pullar cannot in anyway be called a “whistle-blower”. She only became a “whistle-blower” once it became apparent that her and Boag’s standover tactics had failed. That just makes her look like a petulant blackmailer.

It looks like ACC follows the same rule si have with blackmailers…never pay them, otherwise they just keep coming back for more.

This is now likely to play out in parliament, especially if Winston has gotten a whiff of the players involved in this tawdry affair.

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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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