Matthew Hooton loses the plot

Matthew Hooton has officially lost the plot. Readers need no further evidence than his latest column in the NBR.

Hooton proclaims to be the greatest political insider the world has ever seen.

The tipline is full of stories about Hooton strutting round Wellington boasting he has access to government ministers and says he is one of New Zealand’s most influential people.

Well, I always knew this was bullshit and it brings me great delight to prove just how bat shit crazy this bloke is, and actually, how little access he has to our politicians.

In his column, he says Nikki Kaye should be promoted to the front bench. God help the country if that ever happened.

But it gets better. Hooton then says Maggie Barry should be made a minister. That’s right, Maggie Barry.

I think I need to lie down.  

If people needed any further proof that Hooton has no political contacts of any importance and therefore no political influence, they need look no further than him predicting Nikki Kaye and Maggie Barry are in line for promotion.

The problem for Nikki Kaye is even her colleagues don’t rate her, and some are openly saying she will fold under pressure as soon as a big issue comes up in one of her portfolios.

And as for Maggie Barry, well, it’s one thing to be good at winding up the opposition in the House (actually she is great at that) but the gardening guru is not ministerial material.

In Hooton’s column this week, look for him to push for Katrina Shanks to be the next Prime Minister and Aaron Gilmour the next Minister of Finance.


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