Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Clark donkey deep in smear campaign

Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party Shadow Leader of the House

30 October 2008

Clark donkey deep in smear campaign

National Party Shadow Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says it defies belief that Labour's self-appointed chief strategist, Helen Clark, did not know what Mike Williams was up to in Australia.

"Mike Williams is the president of the party. He vanished in the middle of an election campaign and Helen Clark wants us to believe she didn't know why. That is simply not credible.

"Of course Helen Clark knew what her friend and long-time president was up to. This is the man she shares texts with several times a day. This is desperate stuff."

Mr Brownlee says Helen Clark should come clean about her involvement in the organised smear and answer questions about the resources devoted to the dirt campaign on John Key.

"Did the research unit go? Who paid? How is the Standard website involved?"

Mr Brownlee says the smear was an obvious attempt to deflect attention away from Helen Clark's problems with her stood-down Minister, Winston Peters.

"The Peters problem didn't happen 20 years ago, it happened in February this year.

"Helen Clark should release the Foreign Affairs note or memo which proves her claim that she intervened in Winston Peters' attempts to appoint Owen Glenn as honorary consul.

"If Helen Clark did intervene in the way she claims, Foreign Affairs will have some record of that.

"She should also say why she didn't reveal this intervention until the damning trail of official emails was produced this week. This was obviously a material part of the story and she kept it to herself.

"This is just more proof that when Mr Peters held up his 'NO' sign Helen Clark knew the answer was really yes."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Journalism’s Future In The Era Of “Alternative Facts.”

Already, the White House has made it clear that the media are the new enemy that the new President’s supporters will be encouraged to unite against. (What else can they do now they don’t have Hillary Clinton to demonise any more?)

The fantastic phrase “alternative facts” coined by Trump spinmeister Kellyanne Conway captures the media strategy in a nutshell. More>>

 

Employment: Minimum Wage To Increase To $15.75

The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017... The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rates will increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Sit-In Occupation To Stop Niki’s Eviction

The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company hopes to issue a Possession Order for 14 Taniwha Street, Glen Innes. This will give them the ability to forcibly evict Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti who has lived at 14 Taniwha Street for 21 years... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news