Rodney Hide on what would have happened if Winston had been given the hacked information

Rodney Hide uses his column in the NBR to explain what would have happened if Winston Peters had gotten his hands on the documents of the illegal hacker/criminal who attacked me.

Mr Hager took the emails and made quite a story. Post-election, his claims haven’t stood up. But no matter. It was big news ahead of the election. The media loved it. Dirty Politics dominated the election campaign.

Now imagine Mr Peters with the same material. He could weave a far better story. He would make it sound truly shocking, terrible and totally corrupt. With Mr Peters it would sound believable.

By comparison, Mr Hager lacks gravitas. He was good – he convinced people he was an investigative journalist – but he’s nowhere near as good as Mr Peters.

More than that, Mr Peters had the protection and platform of Parliament. He could have said anything.

He would have been the news every night

And he would have sustained the attacks day in, day out. He would have done so for months. With that material, and that story, no matter that it wasn’t true, Mr Peters would have brought the government down. Every page of Dirty Politics would be another day’s shocking news. And when he ran out of pages he would be busy alluding to what was to come.  

Mr Peters isn’t as powerful as he once was but with that material, and with time, he could still cast the darkest of aspersions and falsely engulf an administration in an apparent web of deceit and corruption. The man is a master at it.

Mr Peters would have had a field day. He would pick ministers off at will. He would render the prime minister’s office non-operational under withering attack.

It only requires a morsel for Mr Peters to make a feast.

And imagine if Kim Dotcom had thrown his millions at Mr Peters. With that money Mr Peters would have been on fire. He would have had a proper campaign with an advertising spend that would have blitzed National and Labour.

Mr Cunliffe would be prime minister, Mr Peters would be his deputy and treasurer. There would be a royal commission. John Minto would head it. Former prime minister John Key and National’s campaign manager Steven Joyce would be jailed for the new crime of “being Tory scum.”

Mr Dotcom would be governor-general. The Queen may have objected. But a day in Parliament would sort her.

We are lucky, indeed, that the hacker chose Mr Hager and Mr Dotcom chose Mr Harawira.

Political fools, committing political and criminal crimes.



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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.