No place for violent threats

Michael Laws has been threatened in his campaign Wanganui mayoralty. The despicable act of a despicable coward.

Michael Laws says his initial reaction is “defiance”, following an attack on his home and a threatening letter demanding he withdraw his candidacy for the Whanganui mayoralty.

Laws said his home in St John’s Hill was attacked early yesterday morning, with broken beer bottles strewn across the driveway.

A handwritten letter was also delivered to his address, threatening action if he should continue with his candidacy for the Whanganui mayoralty. 

Laws released the contents of the letter, which began:

“Dear Michael,
Hey boy! You’ve got a problem! I want you to withdraw from the local election. You have an enemy in me. U know why? Because you are a feral fascist! [sic]”

A name and phone number, which appeared bogus, were attached to the letter.

Laws said he would not be threatened, blackmailed or bullied.

He told Fairfax Media today he believed the two incidents were related, and he had some idea of who it was.

“I’ve identified a leading suspect and I’ll be handing their name to the police,” he said.

He had spoken to police, but would make a formal complaint and hand in the evidence today.

We live in a democracy where we encourage people to put forward alternate views. Politics is a robust environment but there is no need for violence. Politics is supposed to be a contest of ideas but unfortunately there are some among us who do not want alternate voices heard.

It used to be they would cut out letters an make words from them and stick them to cardboard and write in green felt tip, but now these essentially retarded people have Facebook and Twitter and other media with which to spew their rantings.

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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.