Two reasons to buy today’s Truth

TruthThere are two reasons why you should go and buy today’s Truth.

The first is that we reveal why it was that Labour attacked top cop Mike Bush in parliament:

ONE OF Auckland’s top cops has been boasting about having Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush sacked when his brother, Labour leader David Shearer, becomes Prime Minister.

Alan Shearer is the former Manurewa Area Police Commander and used to work under Bush during the years he spent as Counties Manukau district commander.

It is understood some bad blood exists between the pair after Bush removed him as Manurewa Area Commander into a new job at Counties Manukau where he is responsible for “planning and ending family violence” in South Auckland. …

A well-placed police source confirmed that Shearer had been “running his mouth off around town” about having Bush sacked once his brother David became Prime Minister.

“He’s been badmouthing Mike Bush. He is bitter and telling police officers in Counties Manukau that when his brother is Prime Minister he’s going to get Mike Bush,” the source told Truth.

“Alan Shearer is pissed off about being removed from his personal fiefdom in Manurewa and holds Bush responsible.”

Truth attempted to speak to Alan Shearer but he did not return calls. 

The second reason is our story about the complaint against Phil Goff breaking suppression orders to the Police.

POLICE HAVE been asked to prosecute Labour MP Phil Goff for allegedly breaching suppression orders relating to the death of a Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan.

Last week Goff appears to have broken the law by releasing pages from a suppressed Court of Inquiry report into the death of Corporal Doug Hughes which he claimed revealed “critical deficiencies in the training and deployment of Kiwi troops”.

In February, Coroner Gordon Matenga released his report into the April 2011 death of Hughes, ruling it was a suicide, and an inquest was not necessary.

All other details of the report were suppressed, “including the report of the Court of Inquiry, in the interests of justice and on the basis of personal privacy”.

On Friday Truth editor Cam Slater filed a formal complaint with police alleging Goff had breached suppression orders in the case. Slater – who has nine convictions for breaching suppression orders – wants Goff prosecuted.

I decided to go lay the complaint because of the bizarre public statements by Police who said that they weren’t investigating his breach of suppression orders because no complaint had been laid.

No complaint was ever laid against me but the Police managed to trot around to my house very early in the morning to summons me to the police station.

Labour politicians have a bad habit of breaking the law and thinking they can get away with it. If it was good enough for the Police to drop a ton of bricks on top of me for breaching suppression orders then it should be the same for Phil Goff.

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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.