The hypocrisy of Andrea Vance

Andrea Vance was at great pains to keep her door swipe card data private, she also refused to cough up texts and phone records between her and a minister.

But now in true typical media and left-wing hypocrisy she is demanding the PM coughs up his texts.

In the vaults of Archives New Zealand lies a unique collection of several thousand fading letters, photographs and papers. The Nash Collection offers a window into a world gone by.

Former prime minister Sir Walter Nash became involved in local politics from his arrival in Wellington in 1909. His personal papers are a treasure trove of information about World War II, the birth of the New Zealand Labour Party, as well as every noteworthy issue of the day.

Without them, a hole would exist in the nation’s historical record.

From the same building, chief archivist Marilyn Little will soon start an investigation into the deletion of Prime Minister John Key’s text messages.

Her inquiry stems from a request by the Green Party. It is a spot of political point-scoring, exploiting Key’s embarrassing friendship with hit-job blogger Cameron Slater. But politicking aside, the investigation is truly important.

In the age of the spin doctor, we now rarely know what a politician really thinks. Their response to a crisis is packaged up into palatable soundbites for news bulletins. Biographies, sympathetically penned by acolytes and admirers, have become another election campaign weapon.  

But years later, after the politician’s death, papers, communications and diaries are archived for the historians, researchers and academics to pore over. The most valuable lay bare the private thoughts of a national leader – revealing more than we could ever hope to guess in real time. These are the foundations of text books and gripping historical biographies.

It would be a shame if Key’s correspondence was forever confined to the digital dustbin. He has been in the front seat during some momentous events in New Zealand’s history – the Canterbury earthquakes, Pike River mining disaster, historic Treaty settlements, two royal visits and ground-breaking diplomatic relations with China.

He “textses” regularly with other world leaders – and has talked publicly about receiving messages from British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William, Aussie counterparts Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.

Key deletes his text messages for security reasons, should his phone fall into the wrong hands. Given the recent scrutiny over his textual relations with Slater – and the recent rash of malicious hacking – he has every reason to be wary.

Andrea is such a hypocrite…she has after all had textual relations with me…and phone calls…plus a few other people I am sure she wouldn’t want me to name, including one of the best proponents of the dark arts.

All these sanctimonious hypocrites have one thing in common…they do precisely what they decry others for doing.

Her texts between a minister and herself would be far, far more interesting for the National Archives than the rather boring and mundane texts I have had with the Prime Minister.

The media just can’t help themselves in prolonging Dirty Politics…wait until Dirty Media starts getting outed, then we will see the cat amongst the pigeons.

It will happen one day…they set the bar so low with their behaviour over Dirty Politics they will hardly be able to complain when someone does it to them.


– Fairfax

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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.