I wonder what Nicky Hager would say about this?

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Claire Trevett is the grateful reporter of a Labour Party Dirty Politics Leaky Sieve

Supporters of David Cunliffe are being blamed for leaking a breakdown of how unions and party members voted in last year’s Labour leadership election in an apparent bid to highlight how strongly Mr Cunliffe was preferred over Grant Robertson.

The internal paper was only sent to members on Labour’s ruling Council – but was leaked to a media outlet this morning.

It showed Mr Cunliffe secured more than double the number of votes from members than Mr Roberston and Mr Robertson languished far behind Mr Cunliffe among union delegates – getting no votes at all from two of Labour’s six affiliated unions.

Labour’s general secretary Tim Barnett said he did not know who had leaked the numbers and refused to provide the figures when asked, but said the numbers had only been circulated to NZ Council members. There are 19 members on that council as well as three non-voting MPs, including the leader.

So, to recap:  When National do it and use bloggers, it is dirty politics.  And when Labour does it, and uses a newspaper, radio or TV, it’s just a leak?

Nicky Hager has been doing the round with a speaking tour in which he copiously explains how wrong it is for government to leak to bloggers.

So, Nicky, oppositions leaking to newspapers is ok is it?   Love to know your position on this, especially as I suspect the “leaks must stop” Labour Party is going to have more dirt coming from inside than from outside for a while.

Hope you’re taking notes, anyway.  You could bring out a sequel called “Dirty Politics: The Labour Way”.


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