Hooton’s campaign falling to bits

Matthew Hooton’s campaign against the Government is falling apart before it’s even started.

Yesterday I revealed that the self-titled world’s best spin doctor plans to start a campaign on behalf of Vodafone and Internet NZ tomorrow against the Government.

He is openly boasting around Wellington that the press gallery and IT journalists will gobble up his latest campaign, and help line his pockets with corporate money.

But, it appears that sunlight is the best disinfectant.

I’m reliably informed that yesterday’s post has forced Vodafone to run for the hills.

I have it on very good authority that they were leading this campaign, but since I pointed out a few home truths, they have decided to remove themselves from any public involvement. 

Vodafone’s chief spin doctor Tom Chignell has already taken to this blog to begin damage control.

Just to be clear Vodafone is not involved in such a campaign. But we have significant concerns about the way the MBIE Discussion Document proposes to implement copper pricing.

While Vodafone has pulled out of the campaign, at least in a public sense, I’m told they are still pulling the campaign levers behind the scenes.

I challenge journalists reading this to ask Vodafone exactly what their involvement is.

Vodafone knows that I know what they are up to. The tip line is probably the best source of information in the country.

Yesterday, I revealed the campaign against the government would start today. But because Vodafone has pulled the pin, Hooton has been forced to postpone the announcement until tomorrow. It looks like he’s panicking already.

I have also been told that several other telcos wanted no part in the campaign, particularly Telecom, because they think it crosses the line into nasty territory.

I will be keeping a close eye on this situation.

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