I see that the skills of the Slater Lusk team are being put in behind Aaron Bhatnagar’s attempt to get the National party nomination for Epsom.
Paying these people who helped Brash roll Hide seems wrong. In fact the whole idea of hiring consultants to win party nominations seems unclean.
Trevor Mallard seems to have developed an unhealthy obsession with Simon Lusk. He has made a number of accusations in recent months against Lusk, none of which has been substantiated. He's trolled Lusk's Facebook page, and those of Lusk's FB friends, and copied and pasted photographs to Red Alert posts in an effort to turn the most tenuous of links into something more sinister. Just as with his "American bagman" smear in 2005, he's not been able to produce any evidence of what he's alleging.
But it is Aaron Bhatnagar who should be upset today. Not only is Mallard insinuating that Bhatnagar is paying Cameron Slater to dish dirt; Mallard has disparaged him on racial grounds.
Aaron Bhatnagar is of Indian descent. Neither Cameron Slater nor Simon Lusk is; nor are any of the other candidates for National's nomination in Epsom. One doesn't have to be Einstein to work out who Mallard's "world's slowest Indian" is.
Trevor Mallard is one of Labour's most senior and long-serving MP's. We have commented before that we reckon he treads a fine line between being an MP and being a shock-blogger, and this time we reckon he has well and truly crossed the line, as he did with the "Tinkerbell" interjection against Christopher Finlayson, an openly gay MP. And the added irony here is that Labour plays for the migrant vote. We wonder what the Indian community will be thinking today.
Trevor Mallard may well have been trying to be funny with a play on the title of the Roger Donaldson movie. If that's the case, he failed miserably.
He shoots; he scores! That's a SMOG for Trevor Mallard!