What were Labour about again? Oh yeah, Positive. And definitely nothing “dirty”


The Prime Minister has accused Labour of running a smear campaign against Bill English after releasing a “doctored” recording of him calling some Kiwi workers “hopeless”.

Labour’s workplace relations spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway yesterday released a recording from a public Federated Farmers meeting on Friday which was also attended by several journalists.

In that recording, the Finance Minister said some workers, especially ones needed to work in the dairy industry were “pretty damned hopeless” and “don’t look to be employable”.

Mr English has stood by the claim, saying it was a “realistic description” of the situation, which is echoed by employers around the country.

Labour used the recording to attack the Government’s record on employment, but Prime Minister John Key has accused them of altering the recording.

“It’s really disappointing actually. They’ve doctored the tape recording to take out the bit where he says ‘this is what some in the industry say’, and they’ve doctored the bit which says ‘we need to help these people to make sure they get employment’.

“So in the context of reading the full quote, you can understand why the minister said it,” Mr Key said today.

He said there were people who needed a “high degree of assistance” to get into the workforce and some who needed to take responsibility for making themselves ready for work such as clearing up drug habits.

“This is a case of trying to smear a National Party minister and using misinformation to do that.”

Mr Lees-Galloway concedes the recording is a partial one […]

The question Labour needs to ask themselves:  Will this get us more votes?

If not, then don’t do it.

The Labour Party are acting like a bunch of union thugs on a picket line, and not like a party that’s looking to build broad support.

Good-o.  Long may it last.


– Simon Wong, Newshub

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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.

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