Hooton apologises to Steven Joyce

There were claims that retiring MP Steven Joyce threatened to take Matthew Hooton to court for defamation over Hooton’s final column in NBR in early March. It appears that Joyce may have progressed such a threat after Hooton issued a public apology to Joyce today.

On Facebook:

APOLOGY TO HON. STEVEN JOYCE

On 2 March 2018 a column I wrote was published in the print edition of the NBR and on the NBR’s website. It was titled: “Joyce sacking first test of Bridges’ leadership”.

This article could reasonably be understood to suggest that the Hon. Steven Joyce had engaged in unethical, dishonest and/or corrupt behaviour during his tenure as a Minister in the previous National Government.

Nothing in the column was intended to convey such suggestions, which would be untrue. I apologise to Mr Joyce for any harm caused as a consequence.

END

Also on Kiwiblog “Matthew Hooton has asked Kiwiblog to publish this”: Matthew Hooton apology to Hon Steven Joyce

I don’t know why it was required there, it could have been due to comments at the time, as I don’t recall Farrar posting anything critical of Joyce. He did post Joyce resigns

This is a big blow for National. Steven wasn’t just a top performer in the House, but had been an integral part of National’s strategy and campaign team for well over a decade. They will miss him.

There has been no post about this on Whale Oil yet, but that’s not unusual, it has become common for little reaction for stories of interest emerging during the day until the following morning.

It will be interesting to see whether a couple of posts at Whale Oil stay as they are – Slater may have tidied things up, or he may be a bit edgy about the possibility of more legal challenges.

An interesting reaction:

There has also been quite varied reactions to Scott on Twitter.

12 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 23, 2018

    So Scott fired Hooten and now complains when Hooten doesn’t consult him??

    • Gezza

       /  April 23, 2018

      No. Scott fired Hooton. He’s moaning about Hooton. Not Hooten.
      Lift your game please, Al. Call yourself a details person? >:D

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 23, 2018

        When did I ever call myself detailed? Hooten, Hooton, Horton – they’re all the same to me and you and Who.

        • Gezza

           /  April 23, 2018

          Call yourself someone who deals in facts & accuracy, then?
          Disgraceful, Al.
          This one will come up again – mark my words. 😕

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 23, 2018

            Never been a nitpicking bureaucrat, Sir Gerald. I’ll leave that department to you.

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2018

              Apology accepted. I’ll put it down to that blocked ear. 😐

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 23, 2018

      Scott isn’t impressing me. I gather he still owes Colman a substantial sum for NBR.

      • His reaction today is certainly quite odd.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 23, 2018

          It’s in keeping with his previous outbursts. Wouldn’t fill his staff with confidence IMO.

          • Revel

             /  April 24, 2018

            Probably didn’t fill Hooton with much confidence his legal fees would be paid should the matter progress.
            The NBR published his work presumably with it going through editorial checks. Scott may be writing Joyce a nice little holiday cheque shortly.

      • Gezza

         /  April 23, 2018

        Steven must have a very expensive lawyer.
        Has Hoots ever publicly apologised before?