Bruce smith still doesn’t front; instead he goes hunting for Whaleoil’s sources


Wow: Max and me are famous as someone who is desperately concerned I might just be the next Mayor has resorted to another blog,this time Whale oil the site famous for its Nicky Hager / National Dirty Politics link.Now who would do that with something to gain.

The anonymous critter might have some direct contact with Council staff .He she or they must have good contacts in Wellington with the blosters page.

I thought it best to ask Andy Thompson face to face at the candidates meeting if he was responsible especially with all his National connections . He said NO which of course i accept at face value.

Funny how things happen an old mate who runs an IT company in Christchurch rang me last night and gave me some advice.Just go to the blog and see who shared it and how close to the posting time that was and you will have your underarm bowler. As it turns out he had already done this for me. AND SURPRISE SURPRISE ! NO NOT REALLY SO WATCH THIS SPACE FOLKS.

You need a thick skin if you want to survive in local politics was some advice given to me a few years ago.


Bruce, mind telling us what it was that was defaming of you?

I have to say, Bruce, you are very good at pulling on all the emotional strings.  First you get the paper to run all the Dirty Politics stuff with Hager, you cover John Key, defamation trials and today you’ve even gone for the dreaded underarm incident.

You’re already running the “Max the Telecom dog” routine quite nicely.  Credit to you, you are good at using previously successful campaigns.

What is it going to be tomorrow?  A photo of me with an aborted baby?   Lung cancer?   Exxon Valdez oil spill?

How about you stop playing games and answer the questions.  Your voters aren’t interested that a blogger is writing about you.  They are interested in your “abilities” as a mayor.


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