Does National do anything for Red Seat Candidates?

National will be pushing all manner of people to take one for the team in 2014 and run in red seats, with no chance of getting in on the list. People approached to run in a red seat should find an excuse like their husband/wife/significant other/ budgie doesn’t want them to run, leave the country, or get a diplomatic bout of leprosy because running will cost an awful lot of time, money and energy and National will give you nothing back.

To check up on this comment potential red seat candidates should ask the following people if National has done anything for them after the election.

Claudette Hauiti – Mangere candidate
Leonie Hapeta – Palmerston North candidate
Jonathan Fletcher – Rimutaka candidate
Paul Foster-Bell – Wellington Central Candidate
Sam Collins – Wigram Candidate
Jo Hayes – Dunedin South Candidate

Ask them if they have got anything back from National or whether they were just used and treated like scum or ignored the moment the election was over. And ask why you are so special that National will treat you any differently.


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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.

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