Saturday, August 30, 2014

Collins' resignation

I've just been watching the Prime Minister announcing the resignation of Judith Collins. I'm glad to see her go. A Minister using a sewer-blogger to undermine their own chief executive is absolutely toxic. But rather than resigning, she should have been sacked. Hell, she should have been sacked long ago for Oravida and her relationship with Slater.

(And if the suggestions that she was leaking SFO information to subjects of investigations is true, she shouldn't just be sacked, but prosecuted)

Meanwhile, the email raises a number of other concerns:

  • New Zealand Herald journalist Jared Savage was "passing information directly to [Slater] that the Herald can't run and so are feeding me to run on the blog". Which doesn't sound a lot like journalism to me. Is he reporting on power, or trying to exercise it?
  • Slater's little clique fed information to journalists Fran O'Sullivan, Jock Anderson and Matt Nippert. Unlike David Fisher, they have not yet come clean about their role as transmitters of whaleshit.
  • Slater "arranged with Matthew Hooton for iPredict... to have a new stock released so people can invest on the probability of Adam Feeley getting the sack before Christmas or leaving". So iPredict dances to whalesong, with Hooton as the cutout. Which really makes you wonder how many of their other contracts are political placements for the extreme right.
Hopefully we'll see the Herald and iPredict fronting up about their role in this. But I'm not holding my breath.