Yesterday Cameron Slater claimed at Whale Oil:
This blog has a longstanding position of not taking sides in any National selection, believing that the local electorate are by far the best people to select their candidate. Any interfering from outside the electorate, or skullduggery in the electorate needs to be outed, so the locals know who is trying to manipulate them, or ratfuck a candidate.
Is he taking the piss? Does he really believe that? Or does he think others might believe it?
The Whale Oil blog has a long history of appearing to interfere in National selections, interfering in local body elections, interfering in national elections and interfering in just about anything in politics.
Whale Oil sometimes tries to present itself as a new and better way of doing media, but more often than not appears like an old school activist trying to influence political outcomes – one of the more prominent examples being the attempt to overthrow Len Brown just after he one the 2013 Auckland mayoralty.
I doubt anyone was surprised to see Slater promoting Judith Collins and attacking Bill English and Paula Bennett repeatedly in the National leadership contests. This has continued after the selections were made. Old grudges ? Or trying to influence the election and the next leadership battle?
Slater has been stirring things up in the National candidate selection in Clutha-Southland. There seems to be some old grudges involved, and when he gets involved like he is there – a steady stream of posts attacking sides or individuals – then I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering what his motive is this time.
Like his persistent focus on local body elections in Marlborough this year. Coincidentally or not his associate and political gun for hire Simon Lusk seemed to be involved to some extent as well.
Two days ago Slater posted:
The other day I exposed four members of the “Evil Six” in Clutha-Southland who are mounting a bitter and twisted rear guard action against sitting MP Todd Barclay. Local delegate Lloyd Anderson coined the phrase the “Evil Six” who are out trying to rat-fuck Todd Barclay.
Slater may genuinely be trying to expose electorate selection skulduggery, but I’d be surprised if many people believe him.
I can remember a candidate selection in Northland where Slater was heavily involved, especially in trying to discredit one of the contenders. This included making some fairly seedy allegations involving the family of the candidate.
And Slater has recently said he will play as dirty or dirtier next year.
His problem is that as a political activist he has become tainted – he is more likely to damage rather than help those he goes in to bat for. Perhaps this is a cunning reverse attack strategy, but given his strong support for Collins and his string of attacks against English and Bennett I doubt that was the case there.
But any of his political attacks are likely to be looked on with suspicion by most people.
The mainstream media he ironically keeps attacking as ‘the media party’ mostly ignore him now, which has taken away one of the weapons he relied on in the past – creating stories.
Slater may be able to fool some of the people some of the time, and himself all of the time, but most people have wised up.
Whale Oil is still a sizeable forum (although over-rated by Slater as a player) and could become a force again but to be credible it would need to re-brand. However Slater seems intent on trying to benefit from his ‘dirty politics’ infamy and do more of the same.
That seems destined to be repeating the same mistakes with a wiser media and political world. No parties and few candidates are likely to be willing to be seen as associated.