How Matthew Hooton duped Kiwi households out of hundreds of millions of dollars

The penny has finally dropped for the media – they have been duped by corporate whore and business wrecker Matthew Hooton.

But this is actually deadly serious.

Hooton’s lies have shaved more than $500 million off the value of Chorus, left thousands of shareholders crapping themselves, given New Zealand a poor reputation internationally as a place to invest, and ripped off Kiwi households.

Hooton and his band of weirdos and nut jobs have conned media into believing that households were going to have a “copper tax” imposed on them. Th entire premise of the campaign was based on a lie.

They did this by claiming that if the government legislated over the Commerce Commission’s crazy $10 a month reduction in the copper price, Chorus would be getting about $400 million that should instead be going to Kiwi households instead.

As part of their campaign, Hooton’s mob promised that every Kiwi household would pay $150 less a year for their broadband.

But now that the government has decided to let the commission’s price stand, the actual truth has emerged. From day one Hooton’s campaign has been about lining the pockets of Vodafone and the other corporate bludgers who were part of the campaign.

That’s right. Their campaign that was based on going into bat for Kiwi households, will actually see Vodafone, as the largest player in this Game of Moans, reap hundreds of millions of dollars in extra revenue.

Kiwi households have been ripped off. Their broadband bill won’t drop by $150 a year – in fact it won’t drop at all.

By refusing to confirm that they will pass on the Commerce Commission’s price cut, Vodafone and the other retailer service providers are basically admitting that they will keep all the money for themselves.

That’s the Vodafone that recently announced it had billions of dollars in profit

Regular readers will know there’s one thing I hate more than hypocrites, and that’s liars. Yes, Vodafone, I’m looking at you.

In September, when Hooton launched his campaign against the Government (revealed on this blog days before it was officially announced), Vodafone went to extreme lengths to say it had nothing to do with the campaign.

Tom Chignell, one of Vodafone’s senior executives, even took to this blog to make their position clear:

“Just to be clear Vodafone is not involved in such a campaign.”

But I always knew it was bullshit.

“While Vodafone has pulled out of the campaign, at least in a public sense, I’m told they are still pulling the campaign levers behind the scenes.”

And now finally, the media have actually started asking Vodafone some questions.

Adam Bennett at the NZ Herald got Vodafone to admit that they were actually the main player behind the campaign.

Vodafone on the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing:

September 13: “We decided a few days ago that (the coalition) probably wasn’t the best thing for Vodafone at this stage.”
Yesterday: Did you give financial support to the coalition?: “Yes we did … I think we’ve been reasonably open about that.”

This is outrageous. Vodafone has lied about its involvement in the campaign. Vodafone has led a campaign to make sure Chorus loses hundreds of millions of dollars and that money goes into the pockets of Vodafone and other corporate bludger retail service providers.

There are some serious questions that need to be asked of Vodafone and everyone involved in the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing.

Consumer NZ, InternetNZ, the Telecommunication Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ), CallPlus, Slingshot, the Federation of Maori Authorities, Greypower, Hautaki Trust, KiwiBlog, KLR Holdings, National Urban Maori Authorities, New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, Orcon, Rural Women, Te Huarahi Tika Trust and the Unite Union.

Perhaps our favourite travel blogger David Farrar, who is also deeply embedded in this dishonest the campaign, can give us some answers.

The entire country has been misled so that’s the least we deserve, David.

Perhaps Paul Brislen, if he could just pause from chatting with Labour MPs and other left-wingers on Twitter for just a moment, might like to explain the political lobbying his supposedly neutral organisation is doing.

I have more to reveal. Watch this space.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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