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11:03 am, August 23rd, 2019 - 37 comments
Categories: Carmel Sepuloni, david cunliffe, Dirty Politics, Media, paula bennett, phil goff, uncategorized, winston peters - Tags: heather du plessis-allan, jami-lee ross
I suspect that Heather Du Plessis Allan may be off National’s christmas card list. Because she has been pointing out some rather inconvenient truths. Like how National has made the leaking of sensitive information an art form. And she has squarely placed the leaking of news of Winston Peters’ superannuation overpayment at National’s feet.
From Newstalk ZB:
I’ve no appetite for the dirty politics that the National Party plays. In my time working in and around the press gallery in Wellington, in my opinion, there was no party prepared to stoop to the levels the Nats were to ruin someone’s reputation
Too often they made things personal.
Did the National party leak Winston Peters’ superannuation details? In my opinion, yes.
The reason I say that is because in the weeks before the leak, I was told by the Nats that the nats had the information. They told me they were considering leaking it. They told me how they would leak it, the process they would follow to cover their tracks. Without going into details, I can tell you that’s exactly how it played out.
So the chances that the Nats leaked it are about 99 per cent.
She then lists some other examples to suggest that National has form for this sort of matter. These included:
There are a many others that can be added to this list such as:
Heather concludes her article with these comments:
I accept that politics is rough and brutal, but it doesn’t have to ruin lives and reputations.
The problem for the Nats is that this is becoming a branding issue. ‘Dirty politics’ is a label more likely to stick to them than any other party in Parliament. And it’s going to be used against them.
Do I think the Nats have changed their ways? No. They’ve just appointed Paula Bennett to campaign chair, the same Bennett who revealed Ross’ affair. She’s running next year’s campaign: what does that tell you about what to expect?
We could be in for an interesting 12 months.