Dirty Politics Labour style

Screenshot -One News Michelle Boag

Screenshot -One News
Michelle Boag

There is a massive shit fight going on in Wellington. It’s a little like the shit fight going on in Auckland on the right, except this is on the left.

There are rumours swirling around Wellington that have reached my ears in Auckland that Labour are scared to death of Nick Leggett’s campaign. So much so they have raised the spectre of Michelle Boag in a grubby little rumour that is being pushed out of the parliamentary wing of Labour and also by Justin Lester himself.

Anonymous emails are being pushed to me as well in the hope that I will bite, but after a bit of judicious checking and phoning around I can report the rumours are false.

This is the email I received and the email address I received it from:

Wellington Insider <[email protected]>
To: Whaleoil

Re: Boag on Leggetts team

Hi Cam,

I thought you’d be interested in this little piece of information I have been passed.

It seems that Nick Leggett has made the first mistake on his run for the mayoralty of Wellington.  

I’ve heard from sources that he has Michelle Boag on his team, tapping National donors in Auckland to fund his run.

The National donors I’ve heard from are quite flummoxed at being asked to fund an ex-Labour man’s run for the mayoralty, even if he is going up against the current flag bearer.

National people are pretty grumpy that Boag would shit over their preferred candidate Nicola Young who’s recently shown a bit of steel in calling for beggars to be banned (as finally we have a candidate willing to stand for something!).

Anyway, you’re welcome to check this information up. It’s from a good source. The public should be aware that Leggett is happy to align with someone like Boag.

Yours sincerely,

WCC Insider.

This is a false accusation and a pretty scurrilous one at that. Using Boag to smear someone is just low. If only it were true that Boag had abandoned Auckland to inflict herself on Wellington.

Word is some Labour people are accosting Nick Leggett and demanding answers. This is the true grubby nature of the smear, Leggett didn’t know anything about this rumour until accosted.

It seems his campaign has seriously upset the party. These scurrilous rumours are clearly bullshit designed to frighten off Labour people supporting Nick Leggett, like Ken Douglas who endorsed Nick in the paper last week (see last two paras). Technically, he could be expelled for endorsing someone against an official Labour candidate, but they can’t open those floodgates.

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Senior Labour MPs with a personal history of spreading rumours have been fingered for the backstabbing. Between them and Justin Lester they really are trying hard to nobble Nick Leggett’s campaign.

This is the reality of Labour’s own dirty politics.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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