Kevin Gardener

Now that is just taking the piss

New Zealand First has ditched a candidate who is a ex-SAS trooper who happens to drink his own urine:

New Zealand First has defended dumping an election candidate who drank his own urine on a TV show.

Joe Glenn, a 69-year-old former SAS soldier, had been standing for the party in the Rimutaka electorate, but was asked to withdraw his candidacy following his appearance on a 20/20 episode about extreme diets last month.

On the programme, Mr Glenn spoke about how drinking his urine each day had helped cure his arthritis, and then downed a glass for the cameras.

The episode did not refer to Mr Glenn’s New Zealand First candidacy, and did not discuss politics.

New Zealand First president Kevin Gardener today said he was not worried that getting rid of Mr Glenn would be seen as unfair.

The real kicker is the last paragraph:

“This time our candidates are being checked and double-checked, we don’t want any controversy, we’re staying squeaky clean.”

Really? Perhaps NZ First should Google “Clown of Campbells Bay“, or just check out my tag for the same title. While they are expunging the filth and creating a squeaky clean slate of candidates, what are they going to do about their corrupt leader?

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.