The Nasty party shows itself

It looks like the nasty party is showing itself with a big fight erupting over allegations that David Cunliffe‘s team are running anti-gay slurs against Grant Robertson.

The Labour leadership contest today openly split over Grant Robertson’s sexuality.

One of his supporters accused Camp Cunliffe of deliberate gay scaremongering.

Tonight the three contenders are all campaigning in the West Coast town of Blackball, something of a Labour Party shrine – the birthplace of the party.

It’s a party now with its first openly-gay leadership contender, although Mr Robertson is concerned his comrades are using his sexuality against him.  

Camp Robertson loyalist MP Clare Curran has accused Camp Cunliffe of playing to people’s homophobic prejudices to damage Mr Robertson’s chances.

She tweeted: “The “NZ’s not ready for a gay PM” is prob the biggest dog whistle I’ve ever heard. Extraordinary that it’s also coming from within the Party.”

Ms Curran blamed two unnamed union bosses, former party president Mike Williams and David Cunliffe campaign member Jenny Michie of using Mr Robertson’s sexuality to undermine him.

That is almost as pathetic as Grant Robertson lying about the whereabouts of Alf at the pub.


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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.

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