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Dirty Politics: Apparently I’m Mentioned in WhaleDump!

I’ve been pondering doing some more blogging now that I’m finally in a place where I have some time to do it.  I gave up for a while because it’s a rather narcissistic pastime and I’m trying to rid myself of the trappings of my own ego, which as Bono once sang, is “not really the enemy… it’s like a small child crossing an eight lane highway on a voyage of discovery.”  But that does make it distracting from things that should more properly be taking up my time.

key-and-slaterSpeaking of ego, I googled my own name today, which I don’t think is a bad thing in moderation.  I’m blessed to have a namesake now who is actually a college (American) football player and wrestler, so not only does he crowd me out on google, but he’s younger, better looking and more talented than me.  All these things are humbling.  But apart from regenerating online like some virtual Dr Who, I was astonished to find that I had been talked about!  In a conversation between minor WhaleOil contributor Cameron Slater and obscure former Remmers community board member Aaron Bhatnagar no less!  This online conversation was revealed by the WhaleDump leaks procured from hacker RawShark, and the relevant section is as follows:

Cameron Slater, 2/20, 5:33am

why is Blair Mulholland supporting this cock
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Aaron Bhatnagar, 2/20, 5:34am

Because Blair IS a cock
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Cameron Slater, 2/20, 5:34am

never had a job cock
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Aaron Bhatnagar, 2/20, 5:34am

were you aware why Blair was zapped by the pre-selection panel for Mt Albert by-election
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Cameron Slater, 2/20, 5:34am

yep
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Aaron Bhatnagar, 2/20, 5:34am

there you go
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Cameron Slater, 2/20, 5:34am

and C&R have zapped him repeatedly
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Aaron Bhatnagar, 2/20, 5:34am

Ah, that I didn’t know, but I am not surprised.

Of course, he cost C&R a seat in 2007 with his 1Auckland.com candidacy

might have gotten rid of Fryer 3 years earlier

This just makes me laugh so much.  The conversation is from 2011, and refers in the first instance to the then National Party Chairman of the Rodney Electorate Cehill Pienaar, with whom I had briefly served on that committee.  Pienaar was skulking around trying to jack up one of his people to be nominated for the seat after Lockwood Smith had decided to go on the List.  For this rather unremarkable sin, Slater decided he would “expose” Pienaar for his past as an Afrikaaner nationalist politician in South Africa, because, y’know, the Chairmanship of the Rodney National Party is an extremely powerful position that is clearly a danger to society in the wrong hands!  Slater is a common bully and a thug, and this was bullying behaviour, so I called him out on it on his blog.  Which makes me a cock, apparently.

aaron-bhatnagarEven more humorous is a man who has spent the majority of his adult life living off of insurance and the largesse of faceless donors saying, bewilderingly, that I’ve “never had a job”!  One has to remember that these are two men who were born into substantial privilege, and have never had to look too far for capital for whatever they’ve undertaken in life.  Neither of them would know what real work is, or how hard it is to make a career for oneself as the son of a teacher from Glenfield by comparison.

The rest of the conversation snippet is regarding my attempt to stand for National in Mt Albert in 2009.  I can tell you why I got “zapped” for that, it was because I’d had concurrent membership of ACT until late 2008, which is against National Party rules, and meant my membership of National was not valid for the minimum six months required to be a candidate.  At least that was the official reason.  I was very frank to the selection panel about any potential “skeletons” in my closet that had possibility for controversy if made public, and point blank told the panel that if the issues I’d raised made me an unfit candidate for National in their eyes then I would accept that decision.  I don’t know if any of them blabbed to Slater or Bhatnagar about anything I said.  I’m cynical enough to doubt anything I said in that room was genuinely confidential, so it’s entirely possible they are privy to it.  But then Slater says:

and C&R have zapped him repeatedly

…which is just Slater talking completely out of his arse.  Remember that this is a private conversation between the two of them, and Slater has no apparent reason to lie.  But in this case, he is either talking BS and knows it, or he has been fed BS from someone who thought it worthwhile to just make shit up about me.  That makes me think he knows jack shit about jack shit.  Probably about most things.

I’ve never been a member of Citizens and Ratepayers.  Never tried to join them.  Never tried to stand for them.  Never ever.  My association with them is limited to doing some bitchwork for Chris Diack for the 2004 campaign, and that was only because he was paying me.  So reading this line just floored me.  I think it tells you everything you need to know about Slater, who he is, how he operates, and how reliable whatever he says can be.  The only conclusion you can draw is that he just talks BS to make himself look important.

I guess that’s his entire career now.  Or maybe not, since most of WhaleOil is now cute cat videos, and the unreadable drivel his wife likes to spout about Islam.

Anyway, that’s what my ego wanted to post about today.   And though it looks like it’s me “correcting the record” on something probably nobody else cares about, I did it more to illustrate that Slater just talks a bunch of arse, and you can’t trust anything he says.