Hooton’s campaign of misinformation begins

So Matthew Hooton has finally started his broadband campaign against the Government, as revealed on this blog two days ago. As usual he has used the same tired old grouping of the disaffected, the greedy and included tax dodging ratbags and second rate bloggers to patch over the appearance that the grouping is nothing more than his drinking buddies.

I have to give Hooton some credit, though. Even though he was openly boasting that he was going to get journalists to fall for his campaign, the journalists have still taken the bait hook, line and sinker.

In saying that, it was nice of Hamish Rutherford to acknowledge me in his story today, although he’s since removed the compliment.

The campaign is expected to come under attack from the Government, and has already been slated by Right-wing blogger Whaleoil.

What’s become clear from today’s launch is that the broadband campaign is actually a Labour-led political campaign. 

It’s being led by senior Labour member and one-time candidate Jordan Carter.

I’m also informed that there were a number of card-carrying Labour members at the conference, and I’m not talking about the media.

And any credibility the campaign did have was gone the moment, the tax dodging ratbags Unite Union signed up.

It also wouldn’t surprise me to see Paul Brislen stand for Labour at the next election. One only has to look at his twitter account to see he loves to push Labour party policies.

At the very least, expect to see him working for a Labour Minister if they form the next Govenrment.

Amy Adams has already called bullshit on Internet NZ’s campaign

The campaign claims there is a new tax, but the way they have come to this conclusion to very misleading, as Chorus points out.

The estimates used today are based on a draft price issued at the start of a long regulatory process. That price has never been implemented and describing this as a “new tax” is clearly misleading and incorrect.

Not the best start to a campaign when you have to mislead the very people you are trying to convince.

I’m also still waiting for a journalist to ask Vodafone what their exact involvement is in the campaign. I know that Vodafone’s chief spin doctor likes to read this blog, so perhaps he wants to front up and explain Vodafone’s current or previous roles.

Over the next few days, I will post about the various players involved in this campaign. It’s time for a few home truths.


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