Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 13th, 2014 - 186 comments
Categories: accountability, blogs, brand key, crosby textor, election 2014, john key, national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: dirty politics, jason ede, nicky hager
So the book is an expose of the Slater-Ede-Key Dirty Politics machine, based on data acquired and leaked to Hager.
Will Update over the evening
I was totally wrong about the topic.
The book was introduced and shown on Livestream – best one by 3 News.
The topic of the book is the “dirty, despicable game of politics, played by dirty, despicable people” (to quote, Slater from memory).
When Slater’s site was hacked and went down. Someone came away with thousands of documents they gave to Hager.
The book documents the smear machine that perpetuated attack politics, through what is known in the US as, “”two track politics”. This is where the leader, in this case John key, puts on a nice friendly front to the public, while he is involved with dirty attack politics carried out by his team.
In a statement, Hager said the book, titled Dirty Politics, focused on individuals in the National government, including Prime Minister John Key, senior ministers and staff in the prime ministers office.
Hager said he has obtained emails including correspondence between Slater and ninth floor staffers for John Key.
“The book is based upon a large number of internal communications between the National-aligned blogger Slater and a network of National Party figures,” Hager said in the statement.
“The documents are very revealing about Slater and his collaborators including much that is shocking and distasteful.
“But much more important the documents also cover politicians and Beehive staff, showing the highly coordinated National Party attack politics used year after year throughout Keys prime ministership.”
Hager said his book was based in “thousands and thousands” of documents from Slater’s computer.
“You are not going to believe how bloody awful it is.”
Bryce Edwards tweeted a copy of page two of the book.
Danyl Mclaughlan tweeted a copy of part of the Index.
In the same election campaign, the prime minister’s office used its knowledge of secret SIS documents to tip off Slater and arrange an attack on the Labour leader (Chapter 3).
Gower has reported on 3 News that the National Party was involved in the attack on Len Brown re his affair.
Brook Sabin tweeted that Slater blackmailed Rodney Hide to stand down from ACT.
Gower said on 3 News that Hide was forced to stand down due to some dirt the Nats had on him.
Hager will be on Campbell Live tonight.
Campbell Live tonight mentioned extracts of the book that claim Slater et al were planning to attack Peter Dunne through his (alleged) secret donors from the tobacco industry.
It also refers to an extract where the Slater team tried to get a video of a drunken Winston Peters at Backbenchers. Peters did not co-operate. He didn’t appear.
It also claims that a guy from the tobacco industry wrote posts favourable to the industry, which were posted on the Whale Oil site.