Awesome…bring it

Bryce Edwards writes at the Herald

The Len Brown scandal could be dismissed as ‘just another silly politician affair’. However, it might end up having significant ramifications if the episode initiates an escalating war of allegations in New Zealand politics. As I discuss in my video interview, What next for Len Brown?, this controversy might lead to retaliations from the political left, some of whom could take Cameron Slater’s blogposts as well as the huge media coverage, to be a ‘green light’ that ‘anything goes’.

All I can say about that is ‘O’ for Oarsum…bring it on…politics isn’t tiddlywinks, let’s get the blood flowing, it will help clean out some ratbags on all sides. 

He adds:

Grant Duncan, an associate professor at Massey University, warns of this type of scenario, saying ‘one can ask now ‘why stop there?’ We all know that there is a raft of such stories floating around the Beehive, the courts, the law firms, etc etc. So, why not lift the lid on the private sexual affairs of the whole darned establishment?’ – see: Political affairs. His point is worth quoting at length: ‘There exists in New Zealand an unspoken detente between journalists and politicians: reporters will not cover the ‘affairs’ of the rich and powerful, unless the cat gets out of the bag by other means. There’s a good reason for this. Delving into the private lives of politicians would create a potentially endless chain of accusation and counter-accusation. The consequence would be a decline in trust between reporters and those reported on. If every such story were outed and led to demands for the guilty party to stand down from his or her office, then I venture to suggest that the country would soon be in danger of becoming almost leaderless’.

When you live and operate inside the beltway you build patronage and so you won;t do anything to destroy that…me…I don’t live in the beltway, I don’t cultivate patronage. Sure I am tribal, but so what. Ratbags are ratbags and for too long they have got away with ratbag behaviour. None of this behaviour would survive in the UK or the US.

Much and all as the media malign me, there were into this boots and all about 15 minutes after the story broke. The Herald devoted 5 full pages to it this morning and half of the editorial pages, lncluding the cartoon. Apparently I am the muckraker…and yet it wasn’t me staking out the Mayors house or Bevan’s house or her place of work.

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