Simon Wilson from Metro on Vic Crone

Simon Wilson has a brutal column on Vic Crone in Metro.

As is usual for this lefty sniveller he sneers his way through a meandering waffly old tale until the very end when he slips the shiv in:

She’s right about many things, but does that make her right for the job? She’s allowed herself to be surrounded by time-servers, hacks and half-arses. The embittered (in the local body world), entitled rump of old National. Almost none of them share the next generation future-focused energy she likes to portray herself as having.  

Why hasn’t she got an exciting team of people around her? What does that tell us? That talented creative people don’t trust her or that she doesn’t know how to harness their talents? Or both?

She sprays complaints into the wind and often they’re so misdirected and contradictory you wonder if she has any idea what she’s talking about. Is it inexperience, which she will learn from? Is she a cunning strategist or a self-aggrandising high flyer with minimal people skills who is, very publicly, being found out?

Are those new tunnels under the harbour going to save her or bury her?

He’s dead right about the time-servers, hacks and half-arses. It is just a matter of what slot to put people in like Michelle Boag, Nikki Kaye, Sue Wood, Jo de Joux, Hamish Price, Joe Davis, Alistair Bell, Alan Towers and the rest of the bugger’s muddle, so they can be accurately labelled. There also needs to be a label for turncoats like Denise Krum.

Vic Crone

Simon Wilson also made this observation about me:

Instead, she was blessed by the presence of ministers Maggie Barry, Paul Goldsmith and Nikki Kaye. The National Party was all over this meeting. MC duties were shared by MPs Mark Mitchell and Alfred Ngaro (Mitchell, you may remember, is the Rodney MP whose way into Parliament was cleared by Cameron Slater and friends in a brutal internecine campaign, as detailed by Nicky Hager in his book Dirty Politics. Slater, in case you’re wondering, can’t stand Crone).

No, I can’t stand Crone at all. Her lead up to the beginning of the campaign was the ultimate in dishonesty. This will be outlined in a book following her loss to be issued after the election.


– Metro

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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.