There really isn’t any way Willie-gate can be spun as positive for Andrew Little

DPF over at Kiwiblog summarises

“Here was a party that spent last week standing up to Trump and for progressive values, and this week we’re proposing to slot a right-wing, shock-jock into Parliament? We just want a party that puts forward Labour values every week of the year.

“We want an inclusive big-tent party, but where do you draw the line? This guy supports charter schools – he’s no lefty.

“I just hope Andrew [Little] is right about Willie – because he’s made a mighty big captain’s call on this one. He can’t say people didn’t warn him.”

Captain’s call is a term that comes from Australia first used by Tony Abbott to justify his decision to give Prince Phillip a knighthood. It is now used to generally denote any stupid unilateral decision by a leader.

Little told RNZ Jackson’s Roast Busters comments were wrong and that he had apologised for them.

​”There is no open revolt,” Little said.

No open revolt?  He has caucus members hiring PR firms to help them campaign against his decision. Let’s look at who he has put offside with this:

  1. His caucus for promising Jackson a higher list ranking than them
  2. The party’s NZ Council for bypassing them
  3. The women’s wing for Jackson’s comments on Roasbusters
  4. The Maori wing for trying to push Peeni Henare out of his seat
  5. The GLTBI wing for Jackson’s comments on homosexuality
  6. The youth wing for Jackson’s comments on eveything
  7. The teacher unions for Jackson’s support for charter schools
  8. The candidates in National held seats who see someone who only joined the party a week ago promised a higher spot than them
  9. His own former campaign manager

I’ve seen reports that now the open letters signed by 400 grass roots Labour party people has disappeared from the Internet as well.

Rewriting history isn’t going to help.

The damage is done.


– Kiwiblog

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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.