When Cameron Slater runs sustained attack campaigns against anyone it’s not unreasonable to be suspicious, given his past admissions and behaviour. Natural reactions can be “who is he attacking on behalf of” and “who’s paying him for that?”
Yesterday ‘Missy’ brought attention to another in a series of attack posts at Whale Oil:
I see Cam Slater has another hit job on National today, this time attacking Paula Bennett and Stephen Joyce. He has written it in the guise of critiquing a story be Andrea Vance.
He talks about how Paula Bennett treats her staff like scum, however, I knew someone who worked for Paula Bennett, and that person left due to health issues (receiving treatment for cancer), but that person said they would happily go back and work for her, even better Paula Bennett was willing to accommodate the fact the person had moved to the South Island as well. That view of her as a boss does not tally with what Cam Slater is saying about her. To be honest I don’t know either of them, but also from what I have heard they are not the most difficult Ministers to work for, so it is suspicious he is targeting them, or not
Se was referring to this post – THE VACUITY OF ANDREA VANCE’S ANALYSIS.
Slater (presuming it’s Slater who has written the post, that’s another suspicion that arises whenever he posts anything like this) attacks Steven Joyce and Paula Bennett, regarded as potential leaders-in-waiting in the National caucus.
Anyone talking regularly to the back benchers would know that Joyce is impossible to get into your electorate, impossible to get time with to discuss policy and employs difficult staff who treat back benchers like they are scum. Anyone running a tally of back bench support for Joyce finds it hard to count more than one or two loyalists who are inside his camp.
Paula Bennett has a different reputation than Joyce, but one that is perhaps worse for an aspiring leadership candidate.
She personally treats staff and backbenchers like scum, rather than leaving her staff to treat them like scum as Joyce does. She is fond of a drink and is known to get very familiar with much younger men or do the rounds with donors sitting on all their knees, or worse all of that with Labour staffers. The tally of Paula supporters on the backbench is even lower than the tally for supporters for Joyce.
Alan Wilkinson responded:
I guess Cam would know since he treats his readers like scum.
This is typical smearing from Slater. He tried similar attack lines in relation to National’s Northland candidate selection.
Dirty politics hasn’t disappeared – but it now raises instant suspicions.
It’s well known that Slater has been promoting Judith Collins as a future leader. Expect attacks like this to increase as Collins recovers her last year setbacks. She’s expected to be re-appointed to Cabinet and ministerial duties at the first opportunity this year.
It would be interesting to know what back benchers thought of a candidate for leadership with Slater’s taint hovering.
Slater is the whale in Collins’ room.
And he would willingly take down the government to achieve his longer term aims – which are seeking power by subverting democracy. And revenge.
And when it was put to him Slater denies it’s a leadership move:
No one is counting…there is no move, but Joyce had to shore up support after his appalling stuff up in Northland.
It’s interesting to see him continually connecting Bennett to his attacks on Joyce. Perhaps she’s doing things well if Slater is trying to discredit her.