A unique period in politics: absolutely zero leaks

For six long days the miasma of paranoia hung over the Parliamentary complex as NZ First, National and Labour trudged to and from a room on neutral territory for powwows.

On the very first round of talks, the parties had agreed to absolute confidentiality. No phones were to be taken into the meeting room.

The secrecy was such that staff were too petrified to talk to anyone – or even to look at Peters and the NZ First crew.

Those who came across Peters round the traps would quickly look away again as if he was the basilisk or Sodom and could turn them to a pillar of salt. Staff seen having perfectly normal civil exchanges with a journalist were interrogated afterward. Even the loquacious Shane Jones was silent.

It was wartime Britain. They may as well have put the posters up. Tittle tattle lost the battle, loose lips sink ships. Beware of female spies, keep mum: she’s not so dumb and all that.

For the media this meant long days of inviting haemorrhoids to visit by sitting on cold tiled floors. Some resorted to counting those tiles to pass the time.

I can confirm it, there is absolutely nothing getting out about the talks from any of the participants.  All my sources are passing the time by scratching their heads and their arses intermittently.

Apparently we’ll find out something tomorrow.  I wouldn’t bet on it.  Once again, the objective to get it right is much more important than to rush into a media clusterwhatsit.  At some point, both sides need to be told if they are going to be in government, but it must immediately be followed by NZ First making its announcement.

Personally I think they should do it like Miss Universe:   “…and the first runner up is”, after which everyone ignores the first runner up (who is now standing there internally bawling but externally with a bright Jacinda-like smile being “happy” for the winner), and all the attention goes onto the winner.

This country can’t afford a recession.  Stable economic management is paramount.  Oh yes, she was definitely prettier and nicer.   But sorry Sweetie, this competition is rigged.


– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald

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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.

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