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Book Opens Door to Prime Minister’s Office

Book Opens Door to Prime Minister’s Office


New Zealanders want to know much more about what is going on behind the scenes, which is why Nicky Hager’s book is a sell-out, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“The book and the author are being ridiculed by the Government, but Kiwis have belittled this by queuing up for copies of ‘Dirty Politics’. New Zealanders want the facts not a whitewash.

“The book uses emails to show how the Prime Minister’s Office has been the wheel driving attacks on others, frequently through blogging sites. It sets out how the Prime Minister’s Office has been controlling the political stage with tactics that in other countries would have the nation in an uproar.

“Unfortunately, there has been a lot of chatter by the government trying to create a diversion, by saying politicians and bloggers are often talking – but the core concern here is that this orchestrated dirty tricks campaign was from the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Despite this, it is clear that New Zealanders are smarter than some politicians think. They want to read the facts for themselves, instead of being fed misinformation.”

ENDS


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