Dirty politics must be cleaned from the top

Dirty politics has been raised to new heights with the launch of Nicky Hager’s book.

Hager claimed that what he reported in his booked was terrible – but not that terrible that he couldn’t hold it from the public long enough to write a book and market it a month before the election. Some are calling that dirty politics, with some justification.

The book has pointed out examples of dirty politics played by Cameron Slater in particular in collusion with senior National Party people and with connections to the top, the Prime Minister John Key.

Key says what Slater has done is nothing to with him. To an extent that may be technically correct, depending on how you look at it. But they have admitted regularly communicating.

Today Slater repeated something at Whale Oil that he said on television several months ago – this is on a blog post called I love the smell of Napalm in the morning:

Politics is a dirty, disgusting, despicable game. And it involves dirty, disgusting, despicable people at all levels.

No stepping back by Slater.

But I don’t think this should be acceptable in a modern democracy, especially in  a country like New Zealand.

Labour appear to have taken a step towards more positive politics with their Vote Positive slogan for the election. They will find it heard to keep living up to that and will keep getting reminded of any transgressions – this will hopefully help them move towards a more positive approach. It will take time to work it’s way down the party, negatives prevail in social media, still.

However examples for political behaviour should be set from the top.

That Prime Minister John Key should dismiss concerns and distance himself from the dirt of our current politics is poor.

The least Key should be doing is accepting responsibility for the behaviour of his party and MPs – and although he can’t be held responsible for the actions of a self described “dirty, disgusting, despicable” blogger he should make it clear behaviour anything like that is not welcome in the National Party or in Government.

By playing down and ignoring this he is complicit up to his eyeballs in the continuation of dirty politics.

Meanwhile the public are poorly served by their supposed representatives and are likely to continue to be turned off by the continuing dirty politics.

It’s been claimed this is deliberate, less voters means less people to appeal to in order to win elections. That would be dirty despicable democracy.

If the Prime Minister can’t be seen to demand better then perhaps he doesn’t deserve to be there. He is not elected to serve the dirty, disgusting, despicable” minority.

Dirty politics must be cleaned from the top. We need someone at the top who is prepared to do that.

UPDATE: this is how dirty it can get:

Bit bloody rich of Hager to complain about death treats resulting unsubstantiated allegations on @SevenSharp. My 1st one arrived last night

 

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