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National Party ‘hack’ Cameron Slater supports ‘freedom of expression’ – but not on HIS blog:

12 February 2011:
It is my considered opinion that the Botany by-election is actually wide open, for the following reasons:
There is no NZ First or Green party candidate standing.
It appears that New Citizen Party candidate Paul Young may bleed particularly Chinese votes off National.
The  Chinese Asian vote is arguably also split with Robert Goh.
There is some support within the Chinese community for my position of opposition, particularly to water privatisation.
Some in the Indian community like my suggestions about fighting corruption – for increased transparency.
The right wing vote is arguably split between National, ACT, the New Citizens Party.
(I’m not particularly clear on the policies or track record of Independent Robert Goh).
‘Thinking’ Labour supporters may sensibly cast a ‘strategic’ informed vote and support me, rather than effectively wasting their vote on a candidate who has admitted that he is unlikely to win.
The FACTS are that Independent Auckland Councillor Sharon Stewart was the highest polling candidate for the Howick Ward and beat Jami-Lee Ross by over 4000 votes.
Some National Party voters aren’t particularly keen on young Jami-Lee, because he has been effectively a ‘career’ politician since he was 18 years old, and lacks ‘life experience’.
Some in the community don’t like Jami-Lee because of his ‘style of work’ – which can be a bit unpleasant (rather like Cameron’s – as this following correspondence proves…………
‘Birds of a feather flock together’?  Cameron is a ‘good mate’ of Jami-Lee Ross:

Jami-lee Ross wins Nat selection in Botany

by Whaleoil on January 28, 2011 · 6 comments

Last night my good mate Jami-lee Ross won the National party selec­tion in Botany.

It appears that there is some sort of ‘cone of silence’ by right-wing commentators over my presence in the Botany by-election.
‘Don’t mention the war’ / ‘elephant in the room’  – sort of thing? ………….  🙂
So – in order to encourage more informed debate on the Botany by-election (given that as a candidate I do actually have some working knowledge of what is happening), and mistakenly thinking that Cameron Slater (Whaleoil) DID actually believe in ‘freedom of expression’ – I included the link to this rather helpful recent article in the Howick and Botany Times:
publicwatchdog February 11, 2011 at 1:53 am
‘I’m public’s watchdog’ says Bright
By PJ TAYLORThursday, 10 February 2011 

SUSTAINABLE: Penny Bright sifting through old placards to be recycled for her by-election campaign. Times photo PJ Taylor
SUSTAINABLE: Penny Bright sifting through old placards to be recycled for her by-election campaign. Times photo PJ Taylor

Howick and Pakuranga Times

SHE’S packed in a lot politically in her 56 years, but a former welding inspector has never stood for Parliament  – until now.

Penny Bright, one of Auckland’s most colourful political activists, is compelled to join the race to replace Pansy Wong as the next MP for Botany.

As is her style, she’s going it alone, without the support of party machinery and money.

“What do the voters of Botany want? A proven party hack, who will follow the party line, or a fiercely independent proven public watchdog, who has a track record of defending the public and public interest, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.”

Ms Bright was one of 22 candidates in last year’s Auckland mayoral poll and has stood in a by-election before, for a vacant Auckland City Council seat in the Avondale ward in 2000.

Running on the anti-privatisation of water platform for the Water Pressure Group, she trailed second to Noelene Raffills of Citizens and Ratepayers (C&R) by a few hundred votes.

That by-election was emotive. Mrs Raffills was standing for the first time for public office and trying to retain the seat her late husband Phil Raffills held for C&R until his death a few months earlier.

Through her leadership of the Water Pressure Group, Ms Bright believes she’s contributed to Manukau matters, being a strong voice for retaining public ownership of water and its related infrastructure, and the waste-water system, during several terms of the old Manukau City Council.

“I ask for the people of Botany, irrespective of ethnicity, race or political persuasion, to give me a chance to act as a public watchdog from inside Parliament,” says Ms Bright.

“You have a chance to give this Government the clear message that the public majority don’t want any more privatisation, and we don’t want corruption or corrupt practices.

“Give this Government the clear message that you believe in open, transparent and democratically accountable local and central government.

“There should be full disclosure of interests of both elected representatives, and council and government staff responsible for property and procurement.”

The respect that’s held for Ms Bright’s knowledge of the water industry has led to her representation for New Zealand at the World Water Forum in Kyoto in 2003. She’s also attended Australia’s Public Service Sector Anti-Corruption Conference in 2009 and the 14th Transparency International Conference in Thailand last year.

Ms Bright’s grass-roots political activism started in her home Wairarapa province when she set up a branch of Halt All Racist Tours (Hart) in the 1970s. She moved to Auckland in 1981 to be part of the organisation for the anti-Springboks tour protests.

“I was one of those labelled a subversive in ex-Prime Minister Rob Muldoon’s SIS report, which attempted to discredit the anti-tour movement.”

She’s had a mistrust of the public service and how it’s managed ever since, and has a pop at consultants and contractors employed to do the work of central and local government.

“Get rid of all those piggies in the middle with their snouts in our public troughs. Bring back the Ministry of Works and council works departments.”

Penny Bright has a Botany by-election public meeting “with solutions” at Botany Downs Secondary College, on Sunday, February 13. It runs from 3-5pm.

WELL – funnily enough – this didn’t stay up long on Mr ‘Freedom of Expression’s blog.
Following is some of the CENSORED correspondence between myself and Cameron Slater:

[WO: blah blah blah, what­ever Penny.…get a blog, don’t use my com­ments func­tion as your own blog post­ing system]


Whaleoil February 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

Piss off Penny


publicwatchdog February 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

Come on Cameron – be nice!
It’s called ‘free­dom of expres­sion’?
Just try­ing to help with informed debate on the Botany by-election…

[WO: You can have free­dom of expres­sion, start your own blog, don’t use mine for pros­e­ly­tiz­ing your mad rav­ings. If you kept com­ments to short state­ments instead of mad rav­ings drib­bling on end­lessly you might have a bet­ter chance of keep­ing your com­ments here.

Mean­while I have removed your froth­ing so my read­ers don’t go mental]


publicwatchdog February 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

Don’t you or your reader like the truth or infomed debate Cameron?

But I though you believed in free­dom of expres­sion? [WO: I do, but I pay for this blog, you don’t, it is my place and you are metaphor­i­cally crap­ping on the car­pet, so either fol­low my house rules or fuck off]

Silly me. [Yes you are]

Seems the only one ‘froth­ing’ is your­self Cameron!

You have NO IDEA how your (over) reac­tion has made my day.
Shows that I am com­pletely on target………………..

Kind regards

Penny Bright

(Who prac­tices what she preaches when it comes to ‘free­dom of expres­sion’.
Did you know that I invited all the other Botany can­di­dates to my pub­lic meet­ings to give them an oppor­tu­nity to give their or their party’s pol­icy on pri­o­vati­sa­tion and cor­rup­tion?

Jami-Lee declined on the spot.

[WO: Good on him, you are mad as a snake]

Mind you – if I were him – I wouldn’t want to debate those issues with me either.



publicwatchdog February 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

What ‘House Rule’ exactly did I break Cameron?

Or did you make up a new one espe­cially for me – because I am being ‘effec­tive’ and obvi­ously jam­ming your ‘froth’ / ‘ad hominum’ but­ton on full?

Didn’t you like the ‘You Tube’ clip -’Is John Key per­son­ally prof­it­ing from NZ’s for­eign debt’?

Lots of oth­ers do…………..



Whaleoil February 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

They are what­ever I want them to be when­ever I want to make them.

The rules are here:


Mr. Infinity February 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

[WO: Good on him, you are mad as a snake.

That’s a bit of an insult to snakes.


publicwatchdog February 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Cameron’s ‘Rules’

1. The host is always right
2. In the unlikely event the host is wrong then refer to rule num­ber 1
3. Stick to the topic
4. Don’t tell lies about the host
5. What­ever I feel like at any given moment. ”

VERY ‘trans­par­ent’ ‘rules’ Cameron.


Very hard to check whether you are com­ply­ing with ‘the rules’ if they are in your head and can change at any minute.

Just proves that whether or not you are a National Party mem­ber – you, like your mate jami-Lee are both National Party HACKS.

And you, Cameron Slater, do not prac­tice what you preach about ‘free­dom of expression’.

‘By your deeds you shall be known’.

Thanks for expos­ing your blind­ing hypocrisy by your actions.

Never mind – when I’m the new MP for Botany, I’ll still say hello :)

Kind regards,



Whaleoil February 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Fuck off Penny, my rules are my rules, you asked what they are, i showed you. Now you are carp­ing about them. But then that is what you always do.

Insult­ing me per­son­ally just gets you banned.


Whaleoil February 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

You can have free­dom of expres­sion any­time you want, on YOUR blog. You don’t have free­dom of expres­sion on mine. My blog is an exten­sion of my liv­ing room and I am hardly going to have a nut­case like you abus­ing me in my own liv­ing room, and I cer­tainly won’t have it on my blog.

You want free­dom of expres­sion go to this site and get your own blog.



Well folks – if  you HAVEN’T YET VIEWED THE ‘You Tube’ clip -’Is John Key per­son­ally prof­it­ing from NZ’s for­eign debt’?

Would young National Party hack Jami-Lee Ross ask his ‘boss’ THIS question?
Would not quite so young National party hack, Cameron Slater ask ‘the boss’ THIS question?
Prime Minister John Key admits to owning shares in the Bank of America.
Is NZ indebted to the Bank of America?
To whom EXACTLY is NZ indebted?
Am still awaiting the answer to my OIA request………….
Penny Bright

February 12, 2011 - Posted by | Botany By-election 2011, Human rights

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