Opposition: Slater holds something over Key

Paddy Gower helps the hate-train along for another day

Mr Key claims he does not have “a proactive relationship” with Slater.

He was questioned on why he has stayed in text contact with Slater following the Dirty Politics scandal.

“For the most part I haven’t,” says Mr Key. “I haven’t had a proactive relationship with him.”

Today’s questioning was about Mr Key giving Slater his new number when he changed it after it was made public by the Rawshark hacker during the election, Mr Key saying he gave it to “all journalists”.

“I gave it to people I had text conversations [with] in the past.”

The Opposition says Slater has something over Mr Key.

OK, let’s get it out in the open, but only if you agree to quote all of it.  That you lot in parliament, and you lot in the media.  Here it is:   “I do have something on Key.  But what I have on Matt McCarten is one thousand times more damaging.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Cameron Slater has information that could hold the Prime Minister over a barrel,” says Labour Party leader Andrew Little. “That could be very embarrassing for him.”

I’ll tell you what I do have Andrew: I have some information that will embarrass you.

“I’m not saying blackmail; (says Russel Norman)

Correct.  I don’t do blackmail.  It is illegal.  Thank you for that.  After that, nothing more really needs to be said.

I’m saying how do you explain why John Key doesn’t just ignore Cameron Slater?” says Dr Norman. “It’s inexplicable really.

What is inexplicable is you going to the Dotcom Mansion and talking election strategy with Kim Dotcom.  Didn’t work out so well, did it?   We all do things that are inexplicable.

One possible reason is that he’s frightened by what Cameron Slater might have recorded in those telephone calls.”

Dr Norman questioned why Mr Key gave Slater his number: “Because Cameron Slater is a friend or because he fears Cameron Slater?”

“I, for the most part, do respond to texts I get from press gallery journalists; sometimes they are reporting about what a Muppet that member [Dr Norman] makes of himself when he asks questions.”

Contacted today, Slater said he did record phone calls but that it was a “complete fantasy” that he was holding information that could embarrass the Prime Minister.

You know what Russel, even though I can’t understand why you ever built a relationship with Kim Dotcom, it’s still yours to do, make and have.  I will not stand in your way.  You can talk to anyone you like.  And so can Kim Dotcom.

You see, there’s the difference.   You want to decide who I or John Key can talk to.

Do you even realise how absurd that is?


– 3 News

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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.