Nicky Hager has exposed the inner workings of the National Party’s attack politics machine – all the way up to the PM’s office – for all to see.
Key has tied his brand to the mess by refusing to disown it. The only (weak) defense he can run is that it is all a “left-wing smear campaign”, that the political left does exactly the same, that it’s just the way things are, or (if pressed further) just a shrug and “ahh well”. Pathetic.
You can’t be smeared with the truth. And the narrative told in Dirty Politics is being substantiated by the original material being released by the Whaledump hacker. When it’s the truth, it’s called accountability (a point well made by Pete Hodgson on Morning Report today). When it’s the truth, it is keeping our politicians in line, for the good of us all.
Opposition parties and the media (now days including blogs) exist to hold the government to account. It is nonsense to equate this, as John Key does, with leaking private information, hacking in to unsecured systems to attack ordinary party members and donors (no public interest defense there), manipulating the OIA process and SIS files for political gain, rooting round for sexual dirt on one’s opponents, etc, etc, etc.
Accountability is not dirty politics. You can’t be smeared with the truth. John Key’s lines are as worthless as his promises of ministerial accountability.