Bishop victim of blue-on-blue attack?

Several reliable sources are saying that Chris Bishop was the victim of some utu by Bill English and his faction after Bishop, Nikki Kaye and Todd Muller were held responsible for the chatter about Bill’s leadership and leaking to Barry Soper and Richard Harman.

Apparently, Bill is pretty pissed off with the three of them, and had been saving up the “Chris Bishop is a pervert” story for when he next got out of line.   

This shows the lengths Bill will go to hold his position despite being a two-time loser. He fought bitterly against Don Brash’s successful takeover and rehabilitation of the National party, and he is showing the nasty, ruthless streak and mongrel he covers up so well in nailing Chris Bishop.

The beauty of the hit on Bishop is that no matter what Bishop says Bill’s team have framed him as a pervert who uses social media to chat up underage girls. From being a rising star and a likely frontbencher in the next National government he has been branded a perv and sicko and will no longer be a threat to Bill’s reign.

Even better is that caucus doesn’t really like or trust Bishop so there won’t be many friends coming out supporting him.

Of course, the easy solution for this is for someone to man up and end Bill’s reign… or there will be more blue-on-blue hit jobs on people who are threats.

And, before anyone suggests, as others are doing, that Labour organised this… why would they do it now? The time to run this hit against Bishop would have been the last week of the campaign, where it was precarious that he would win the seat off Labour. That was the time for them to run it, not now.

Sure, Labour are behind the information; the girls and families involved all have close Labour links. It is disgusting that Labour parents are prepared to use their children as bait, but that’s Labour for you. The fact is that Labour tried and failed to run this hit BEFORE the elections. So why has it run now? It doesn’t benefit Labour at all.

Hit jobs always leave trails, and murk, and make the target look over their shoulder. I should know better than most, having been the target of a few hit jobs. Don’t look at who was hit, or where the information originated… look at who benefits. Look for who isn’t in the mix. Once you establish those things then you are close to identifying who is behind the hit jobs.

Take The Seeds of Distrust. We know that Helen Clark was the target. But, who stood to benefit from that hit job, coordinated by the same people who coordinated the hit jobs to follow in The Hollow Men and Dirty Politics?

Take The Hollow Men. We know that Don Brash was the target, but who wasn’t in the book in any meaningful way? Who denied operating and working in the manner described in the book?

Take Dirty Politics. We know I was the target, along with a few other people. We know who had their career damaged. But, who wasn’t in the book in any meaningful way? Who denied operating and working in the manner described in the book?

Take the hit job on Winston Peters. We know Winston Peters was the target. But, who says they knew absolutely nothing about the hit job? Who has denied ever knowing anything in the prelude to the hit job? Who has said on record that they don’t operate like that and if they knew about it they would have stopped it?

Don’t look for what and who was in the books, look for who was missing. Then, look at who benefited from all of those hit jobs. Look for who had previously been hurt or harmed by the targets in some way.

Now look at the Bishop hit job with new eyes.


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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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