Todd McClay fires shot across bow

Todd McClay is muscling up against defamatory statements from Rotorua Labour and Tamati Coffey.

Legal action would be considered should the Rotorua Labour Party “again defame” Rotorua MP Todd McClay.

Mr McClay said in a statement to Steam N Mud today he was “extremely disappointed” at what he considered an unwarranted personal attack over his involvement in the global Panama Tax evasion scandal.

Todd McClay is a good MP and doesn’t want to be distracted by petty squabbles with a political wannabe.  

Later, after Steam N Mud asked Rotorua’s spokesman Tamati Coffey’s manager Haydn Marriner whether he would care to elaborate, that the inference could be taken from the post questioning Mr McClay’s integrity, the word “corruption” was removed.

I gather since they have not issued a statement and are not quoted here that they never replied. They just deleted the word, hoped the internet would forget and hid under the bed.

Mr McClay, who is also a Cabinet Minister, told Steam N Mud today: “For a party that campaigned locally on ‘Vote Positive’, Labour seems to be extremely negative on so many issues. It’s not surprising media reports they can’t pay their bills and are losing members and supporters in Rotorua.”

This sums up everything wrong, not only with Labour Rotorua but the Labour Party in general.

Of course, this problem goes beyond just Tamati Coffey and his big mouth. Questions must be asked like:

  • Who can control Labour party mouth pieces?
  • Is there a social media policy for these users?
  • Do the local branches take these pages seriously?
  • Is there training or guidelines for admin?
  • Who authorises these pages?

The last note is important because apart from “Emai [sic] us” there is no way to contact the admin of the Labour Rotorua page. Neither is there a promoter statement. They better get on to that.

Though the longer they take to realise the dangers of shooting from the hip on social media the better for National.


– Steam n Mud

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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.

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