My apology to Paul Foster-Bell

Earlier today I accused troughing scum List MP Paul Foster-Bell of not achieving anything…I was wrong…well sort of.

He has been trying to rename State Highway One the “Captain Cook Highway”…unsuccessfully.

Under-fire National MP Paul Foster-Bell has been campaigning for State Highway 1 to be renamed the Captain Cook Highway.

Newshub has learned Mr Foster-Bell has been lobbying for the name change on behalf of Sir Christopher Harris — a wealthy National Party stalwart who is also a Captain Cook enthusiast.

A source who used to work in Mr Foster-Bell’s office said: “Paul’s massive groundbreaking idea for a member’s Bill was renaming SH1 the Captain Cook Highway.”

The source said Mr Foster-Bell was “trying to impress Sir Christopher”, who donates to the National Party.  

Sir Christopher has confirmed he asked Mr Foster-Bell to push the Captain Cook name change. He said he’d been a member of the National Party for 65 years, “and I donate. I give a bit, but so do a lot people.”

Sir Christopher said he knew Prime Minister John Key, and had also pushed the name change with him.

“I’ve got in touch with him via email. I haven’t got to the point of having a chat to him. I have been in touch with the Prime Minister and various ministers over the years.”

Mr Foster-Bell declined to comment on the matter. He has been under pressure to explain why 12 staff have left his two-person office in the past three years and why he racked up over $60,000 in taxpayer-funded travel, despite being a Wellington-based backbencher.

While Newshub are looking into Foster-Bell’s troughing perhaps they should also look into Kris Faafoi’s land travel expenses (taxis etc) as well; his are higher than Foster-Bell’s.

Look, Foster-Bell is an ex-diplomat, of sorts, hence he is a trougher with the well practiced skills of a trougher for looting the public purse…all within the rules mind you.

He’s pissed off some former staff, who are mostly male and they are squealing to media about it all. If all the Media party have are some expense over-runs, when there are plenty of others out there doing the same or worse, then it is a nothing story.

The only way this gets worse is if it is a series of death-by-a-thousand-cuts stories…increasing in ickiness.

Still, it’s not like there was a naked boy bolting from the deputy leader’s house and inflatable sports equipment collected by police for evidential purposes is it?

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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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