Let them eat cake

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Here’s a question:  Why are the Labour Party and the Green Taliban still feverishly going around collecting Asset Sales Referendum signatures?

On the 4th of January 2013, this was all over the news:  

New Zealanders will have their say on asset sales this year after a petition to force a referendum reached the 300,000 signatures needed, campaigners say.

Grey Power national president Roy Reid said the group had collected more than 340,000 signatures, allowing for a percentage of signatures that did not meet the requirements under the Citizen Initiated Referendum Act.

After checking the figures at the end of 2012, Mr Reid was confident they now had the numbers to push through the referendum.

Could it be that their 340,000 signatures had lots of duplicates and fake names?  At least 40,000 and apparently more?  How did their own checks fail to spot the multiple entries for Rod Donald?

We’re talking at least one in ten names being fake or unacceptable.  How can you not spot that even on a cursory cross-check?

At least the Green Taliban are bribing the kids with cake.  Because if you know students, you know they’re always hungry and will sell a signature for food.


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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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