A little bit of credit

I suppose I can feel a bit chuffed with the Sunday Star-Times article yesterday about NZ First….and Andrew Williams:

No-one too startled that the wheels are coming off the Winston Peters party juggernaut. What has been intriguing, though, is the order in which the wheel-nuts came loose.

One of the highest risk MPs is Andrew Williams. 

This is what they had to say about him:

Andrew Williams: The Clown of Campbells Bay

Andrew Williams: The Clown of Campbells Bay



CAUSES FOR ALARM: Historic adventures with late-night texts and emails, weeing on a tree and general oddness.

From the outset, Williams was seen as a frontrunner for the first NZ First meltdown. As final mayor of the North Shore before it was sucked into the Auckland super-city, Left-leaning Williams attracted numerous headlines for odd behaviour – something he blamed on a Right-wing fit-up. Certainly blogger Cameron Slater went out of his way to undermine the man he called the “Clown of Campbells Bay”, but there’s no denying Williams sent abrasive texts and emails to political rivals including PM John Key, often in the middle of the night, and couldn’t always recall having done so. He was spotted peeing on a Takapuna tree after a long lunch, and there was an odd incident where he passed out at a navy function. He has repeatedly denied suggestions that the drink is to blame. In December, the political newsletter Trans Tasman gave him a mark of 2/10 for his first year in the House and said “his arrogance and hubris is a ticking time bomb”. For now, he’s still ticking.

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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.