There is more to the John Key “we would love to see wages drop” story than you have been able to read in the blogs or the mainstream media.
We’ve been in contact with a large number of people who have been connected at various levels of this story as it has developed. Unfortunately, none have been allowed to go on record and because we take their trust in us seriously, we can’t identify them or pass on the particulars of what we know. But what we have been told is enough to make us damn sure we are right on this story.
We continue to stand by what we have always said:
Key did say that he would love to see wages drop, he was talking in all seriousness, and he was talking about New Zealand wages. The journalist, the editor and the publisher have all backed this version of events.
National demanded APN get rid of the story and senior APN management pressured and coerced its editorial staff into making a â€˜clarification’. This was not a decision of the journalists and editors. The journalists and editors have been gagged by APN from speaking to the media.
The ‘clarification’ stinks of pressure from APN management at the behest of National. In a free and open democracy this kind of behaviour is simply unacceptable, and we expect both National and APN to be held to account.