I see DPF and Cameron Slater are running a desperate smear about David Cunliffe and his grandfather’s war record.
It turns out David said his grandfather won the Military Medal when if fact it was his great uncle. His grandfather was the recipient of several other medals.
But that’s not the interesting part. What is interesting is the fact that my sources tell me that David’s office was approached about this late yesterday afternoon by a major media outlet.
I understand that David’s staff provided the details of both men’s service records and, to their credit, the media outlet decided there was no story there.
It seems pretty clear that the National Party research unit has been digging dirt on David’s veteran granddad and great uncle, taken it to the media, got nowhere with that and then put it out through their pet blogs. Who have amusingly tried to claim it as the work of research genius Cameron Slater.
There is a significant amount of research that has gone on here, presumably at the taxpayers’ expense. Meanwhile Labour is announcing major policy that will reduce mortgage costs and help exporters to create jobs. Get the feeling that there is an attempt to divert your attention?
Remember that next time you hear John Key talk about how he is focused on “the issues that matter”. What matters to him and his team is digging through the files of decorated veterans in a desperate attempt to smear the leader of the opposition.
It’s time to change the government.