I always thought he was a pinko, now he works for Winston

Winston Peters has done what Bill English should have done ages ago and run the sword and axe through his staff.

But in doing so he has replaced David Broome with Jon Johansson:

Victoria University senior political lecturer Jon Johansson has been appointed chief of staff for NZ First.

The party’s leader Winston Peters announced the appointment on Monday. It comes after the party’s former chief of staff, David Broome, was let go.

Johansson is a regular political commentator on TV and radio and has written several books.

Johansson has this year been teaching second, third and fourth year political papers at Victoria University in Wellington and in 2009 he spent a semester in Washington DC as Fulbright’s Visiting Scholar to Georgetown University.

He’s well known for his political commentary over the last decade both in New Zealand and the United States.

Peters is in the process of appointing several senior staff – Johansson is the first official appointment since NZ First signed a coalition deal with Labour.

Many press gallery journalists and at least one MP, National’s Chris Bishop, have been students of Johansson’s.

The appointment means Johansson will have to resign his post at Victoria University.

Journalists are all in shock, as most of them have been taught by Johansson over the years.

It does make you wonder about all his television commentary this year.

Winston hasn’t said much about the exit of David Broome…I suspect there was something untoward going on there…and Winston has acted swiftly.



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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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