Winston blames Nicky Hager for stuffing up his election win

What a sookie sook:

Opposition parties blew an “unlosable” election partly because Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager mishandled the information he based his book on, NZ First Leader Winston Peters says.

Mishandled indeed.

Mr Peters said Hager’s book detailing allegations of dirty tricks campaign run out of Prime Minister John Key’s office, was “a strategic disaster”.

He said it “made no sense” to release all the information at once in the book, “giving your opponents days and weeks to prepare their defence”.

“Everybody knows you drip feed it and as you do that your opponents are constantly having to react, re-react re-re-react and you keep the pressure on them.

Yikes Winston, that sounds like the very techniques that Dirty Politics criticises!

Also, the book was but the first hit.  It was followed by much more.  

“Whatever Mr Nicky Hager thought he was doing he should have taken some sound advice because if he had taken that advice this election would have been dramatically different.

“Instead of people getting sick of Dirty Politics they’d have been hungering every day’s new disclosure, that’s how it’s done in politics.”

That was the job of Whaledump.  Winston, what’s wrong with your memory?

Winston’s being an idiot.  I would have shut down Hager with an injunction as soon as possible.  They knew this.  So they did the book, and then they continued running their plan from an anonymous Twitter account (or two).

As expected, once things are on the Internet, the media then simply reported what was there, no matter the veracity or intent.

The people involved in this criminal conspiracy still can’t understand why it didn’t work.

It should have worked.

As to why it didn’t… that will be revealed in good time.


– Isaac Davison, NZ Herald

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