“Not affiliated to any party”

September 14th, 2008 at 7:15 am by David Farrar

The Herald on Sunday reports on how has bombed so a search of NZ sites on “clueless” will bring up his website.

This isn’t terribly difficult to do, especially if it is for .nz sites only. It is far far harder to do it for all searches.

Anyway I found it interesting that the HoS reported:

Auckland computer programmer Rochelle Rees told the Herald on Sunday she emailed friends a year ago, asking them to put links on their websites to Key’s site with the word “clueless” as the link text.

“More than anything, it’s fun,” said Rees, who said she was interested in politics but not affiliated to any party.

I found that interesting. For I could recall two things about Rochelle. One is that she is involved in Auckland Animal Action. The other is I was sure she was a member of . And sure enough a quick Google search, and I find the answer on my own blog!

So Rochelle just last year was not just a member of Young Labour, but was elected onto its National Executive. So how is that not affiliated to any party?

I also found it amusing that that they are trying to suggest with their Google bombing that John Key is clueless. The bombing works better if it is an attribute that many people will agree with. They should have gone with “swallowing dead rats” or something. Because look at Key’s achievements:

  • Hugely successful career in the private sector
  • Rose to the top job in his area (global head of foreign exchange) in a company with 60,000 staff, $100 billion a year turnover and assets in excess of $1 trillion.
  • So popular with his staff, colleagues and competitors than the SST couldn’t find a single person to speak badly of him, despite the fact he was in an industry with legendary rivalry
  • Appointed to the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve
  • Successfully challenged an incumbent MP for the Helensville 2002 nomination
  • Made Opposition Finance Spokesperson after just two years in Parliament
  • Unanimously elected National Party Leader after just four years in Parliament
  • Within six months of being elected Opposition Leader, overtook Helen Clark as Preferred Prime Minister
  • Has consistently polled as the most popular Leader of the Opposition since records began over 20 years ago

Need I go on?

UPDATE: Rochelle, far from being someone just interested in politics, was a candidate for City Vision in the local body elections. Also she was endorsed by the Labour affiliated EPMU as a preferred candidate. And her e-mail address is @primary.geek.nz which is mainatined by Labour Party member and The Standard owner – Lynn Prentice.

I have no problems with Rochelle having some fun Google bombing. Good on her. But once again we see the traditional pattern of behaviour where someone is portrayed as just “interested in politics but not affiliated to any party”, when the reality is quite different.

UPDATE2: The Herald on Sunday have updated their story and Rochelle has commented below. She says she told the reporter she wasn’t currently affiliated. And Lynn Prentice happens to be her uncle!

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49 Responses to ““Not affiliated to any party””

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,798 comments) says:

    Well David, she’s just like the EPMU. You remember them? The mob the Electoral Commission says is not affiliated to any party?

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  2. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,811 comments) says:

    The usual deception from the left. So much for “trust” as an issue.

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  3. Grant Michael McKenna (1,156 comments) says:

    Maybe googlebomb Rochelle Rees as being a liar…

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  4. a3catlady (58 comments) says:

    Labour Party Membership selection question “Are you a pathological liar?” IF yes welcome, you are a perfect member.

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  5. Monty (964 comments) says:

    Sort of a good thing – people will do it out of interest and then get to the web-site and see for themselves that indeed John Key is going to be a fine Prime Minister. This publicity may assist a massive increase in the number of hits to John Key’s website – not a bad thing.

    But it is also a reflection on how immature and desperate the left really are.

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  6. mygumboot (18 comments) says:

    ummm…why didn’t th HOS do a quick Google search and find the truth. And a good proportion of NZers are expected to get our election info from these guys. Hopeless.

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  7. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Try this address for further questions:

    aucklandanimalaction@yahoo.com

    or google bomb her site:

    http://www.tegelchicken.co.nz/

    she’s a computer programmer and there are a lot of other email contacts for her, but I can’t be sure that they are her, though the co-incidence would be unusual. Have fun people! It’s all about fun!

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  8. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    How childish, this stupid tart should get a life.

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  9. Craig Ranapia (1,912 comments) says:

    Where is The Herald/Herald on Sunday outsourcing its fact-checking nowadays — Uranus?

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  10. WraithX (295 comments) says:

    This is the email I just sent the herald – I advise everyone else to do the same – maybe they will update the article:

    There is an error in one of your articles today – the article is “John Key’s cyber setback” found here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10532061

    At the bottom of the article it says this:

    “More than anything, it’s fun,” said Rees, who said she was interested in politics but not affiliated to any party. “But it’s serious at the same time… clueless was an accurate word to describe John Key’s performance.”

    This is not correct – Rees is a member of Young Labour and has been appointed to their executive board. I think it would be fair to point out that not only is this the case (thus the google bomb is done with the tacit approval of the labour party) but that Rees also lied – especially interesting considering Helen Clark herself said that this was to be a campaign on trust. If their members lie about affiliation with the party, what else will they lie about?

    Rees was elected as the Auckland/Northland Rep last year. If you want proof of this, you can see the press release made by Young Labour last year in which she is named.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0704/S00219.htm

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  11. slightlyrighty (2,496 comments) says:

    One thing I have been saying to others in political discussions, especially at work, is that the thing I like about Key is that high profile politicains get a lot of shit. But in the case of most high level politicians, they put up with it because they have no other option.

    Key is hugely successful in his feild, and could comfortably retire if he so wished. But he has chosen to raise his head above the parapet. He is not a career politician, and does not need to put up with the pettiness and bullshit. Yet there he is. I would think that he would have a good reason for doing what he is, and that reason is less likely to be self serving than the likes of Helen Clark who is operating with one eye on the UN it would seem!

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  12. colinm (65 comments) says:

    This thread is now the first link in a google search for “Rochelle Rees”. I’m guessing she’s going to regret telling that particular lie. heh.

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  13. petal (704 comments) says:

    “Maybe googlebomb Rochelle Rees as being a liar…”

    I feel pearlgoingisafake.com being joined by rochellereesisaliar.com any time now…

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  14. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    Good on you WraithX.
    I hope other media pick up on this today

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  15. David Farrar (1,856 comments) says:

    To be fair to Rochelle it is possible that as of today she is not in Young Labour. Nevertheless having been a recent executive member means it is not on, passing yourself off as someone just interested in politics, without affiliations. A recent former affiliation is still relevant.

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  16. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    We have to remember we are up against a bunch of people who will always stoop lower than us. This is a perfect example.

    Another would be the touched up photo…another truthful example

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  17. petal (704 comments) says:

    She WANTS to be contacted! I quote:

    “Aotearoa IMC: New Zealanders rate John Key as clueless!
    12 Sep 2008 … For more information, please contact Rochelle on rochelle.rees (at) primary.geek.nz or 021-036-5868″

    I’m contacting her now…. :)

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  18. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    Alway nice to see the leftie MSM hacks doing a ‘balanced’ job – not!

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  19. kevin_mcm (152 comments) says:

    I have also emailed the editor at the herald, along the lines of “how long are they going to continue to have blogs do their work for them”. Appalingly bad performance and an opportunity for a real story lost. Ironic that it appears under their technology grouping, when they clearly have no clue – can only assume the woman passed the story on to the Herald and they printed it without doing any checking.

    But remember, the election is all about TRUST.

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  20. g_ (28 comments) says:

    I think that ‘google bombing’ is a low life activity, it is one thing to try an up your search ranking if you are trying to promote a product, but to try and smear someone by using such methods shows just how much of a professional programmer she and her friends are.

    Someone should be contacting google and getting her and her friends sites removed from google search.

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  21. Ross Miller (1,664 comments) says:

    Rochelle Rees = shallow, untrustworthy, economical with the truth.

    Labour = shallow, untrustworthy, economical with the truth (and a whole lot more)

    Spot the similarity

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  22. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    I sent a message to the online edition editor of the NZ Herald pointing out Rochelle Rees political ties, the editor can be reached here:

    http://dynamic.nzherald.co.nz/feedback/email.cfm?user=onlineeditor

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  23. Craig Ranapia (1,912 comments) says:

    To be fair to Rochelle it is possible that as of today she is not in Young Labour.

    Perhaps, though it’s rather hard to check out the current executive as the Young Labour website is “down for maintenance”. Funny that…

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  24. WraithX (295 comments) says:

    Oh – and let us not forget that the liar said that she asked her friends “last year” to start the google bomb – that was while she was a member of the executive.

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  25. rochellerees (22 comments) says:

    Note: All I said to the Herald on Sunday reporter was that I hadn’t decided who I was going to vote for this election (that is true). When asked if I was affiliated to any political party, I said “not currently”. It’s not my problem the reporter took that to mean not ever. Oh, and I was only on the young labour exec for a few months, as I was Auckland rep, but then moved cities and resigned.

    As for you comment regarding my email being on a domain owned by Lynn Prentice – Lynn is my uncle – so no big conspiracy there!

    Rochelle

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  26. Stockbroker (17 comments) says:

    Sent to Herald editor – this looks like it is going to be a very dirty campaign from one side

    Hello, I am writing to you in relaton to the article today “John Key’s cyber setback”. This is an example of very lazy journalism by Cliff Taylor – as well as dishonesty by the articles source Rochelle Rees. Rees is reported as saying “it’s fun,” and that she was interested in politics but not affiliated to any party.

    She is being more than economical with the truth. She has quite an involvement in politics – on the executive of Young Labour and active for City Vision. This can be discovered within seconds by googling her – ironic that in an article concerning Google that Taylor didnt have the gumption or smarts to google the source of the attack. 3 questions:

    1. Is this the standard of investigative journalist that the Herald employs?
    2. Will the Herald correct the article – and point out what Rees originally said and what the truth is – and how this contrasts with Helen Clark’s theme of “Trust”?
    3. This is a gutter attack whether it be on Key, Peters, Clark whatever. I would have thought that to provide balance counterfacts could be provided – such as Key heading up a major world corporate with responsibility for thousands of staff, of being consistently rated as preferred PM – something that is unheard of in the history of NZ polls for an Opposition leader.

    For someone who is “clueless” -a fact not contradicted by the Herald – he appears to have done quite well!

    Funny how Key can be worth $50m and Owen Glenn over $1bn, but their poiltical rivals smear them as clueless, forgetful, a drinker etc. Oh to be those things and have these fellows success!!

    thanks, Peter

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  27. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Well done Stockbroker. These journalists so called betray their profession. They bring us lies instead of shining light on deceit. No wonder they’re being laid off by the hundreds. People are growing utterly sick of their weak lazy left wing bullshit.

    [PS- I wrote to two more of them myself this weekend for similarly repeating unsubstantiated lies on Sarah Palin. These charlatans put no effort at all into seeking the truth.]

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  28. Grant S (146 comments) says:

    “who said she was interested in politics but not affiliated to any party”

    Anybody with half a brain would understand that such a comment is intended to give an air of political objectivity, which of course is utter bullshit.

    What the Nats, and many other on the “right” still struggle to fathom is that when one deals with the likes or Rees, Clinton Smith, Jordan Carter and any of the rest, they are not engaging with chivalrous political opponents jousting in a “contest of ideas” These people are in fact contemptible vermin who having already declared themselves the winner in said “contest of ideas” will resort to ANYTHING to keep their buddies canvassed in political power… all the while giving tacit approval to any countering viewpoints being wiped from existence.

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  29. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Way to go Stockbroker, I sent the editor a message as well with similiar sentiments (not as good as your words I admit).

    :lol:

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  30. Richard Hurst (757 comments) says:

    Yes, Labour will get dirty. Its all they have left.
    Meanwhile I’ve just had Helens UMR mercenaries on the phone asking me (in a strong Indian accent) if I was a female aged between 18-44 who would be prepared to take part in an opinion poll. Um, I’ve always thought I have a very gravely voice but I guess not! And do UMR usually out-source to India for their polling work for Labour?

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  31. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    I’m taking my Key from John.

    I have no interest in this sort of behaviour other than seeing it exposed so I’ll will not be helping to set up a “Rochelle is [deleted by DPF]” google bomb.

    I just want to know what Labours policies are and why they have a track record of passing so much anti-democratic legislation which rather looks like a “hidden agenda”. Also I would like to know how we may “trust” people who pass ligislation against the wishes of up to 85% of voters?

    I’ll leave the smearing and snearing to those who are good at it. The left. “Hows that working our for ya’ll?” /doctor phil voice

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  32. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Murray, re Labour’s policies for the election are they not still stuck on the dreaded bagel?

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  33. Mark (497 comments) says:

    Any Labour party member that you can’t Trust.

    No surprise.

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  34. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    At present labours polices are dictated by the greens and winston first as I understand it Lindsay.

    Nice to see i get a negative karma for saying no to going down the smear trail with labour, you lefties crak me up.

    Ya’ll will have to go get jobs now.

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  35. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Wow, I’m really heartened to see so many people have written to the Herald about this. (I thought I was the only one who cared..!!) There’s two good reasons to do this- 1) We must do what we can to neutralize the work done by Labour party supporters posing as journalists, and 2) The left constantly write complaining of right wing bias. This is a strategy designed to head off any opinion or news that looks like it might stray from the approved leftist position. We must write to counter this tactic.

    Unless the Herald (or any other media outlet) gets counter views, its only ever going to react to criticism by the left. We have been far to timid and reticent in the past. It is important to let editors and so called journalists know there are people out there with views that do not line up with the common and garden type socialist/ progressive perspective the Herald seems so desperately keen to cater to.

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  36. Mags (38 comments) says:

    The Herald site has been updated – “When questioned over her links to Young Labour today, Rees told confirmed (sic) she had previously been part of the organisation but had not yet decided how to vote in this year’s election.” … and… “I certainly never said I had not been linked with one in the past”

    as noted, good to see the standard of journalism remians high at the Herald…

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  37. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Talking about party affiliations this thread at Hooton’s blog is funny to because (a)note where the url to the Prime Minister’s Office goes to and (b)especially note the reaction Hooton gets from the lefties and from a certain gentleman from The Standard. Touchy souls these lefties!

    :lol:

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  38. Esprit (12 comments) says:

    I have just sent the following to the NZHerald:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am pleased to see you have amended your article on Rochelle Rees and her “Google Bombing” of John Key. I also note that she claims that today she has no affiliation to Labour or any other political party.

    I would like to point out that in your article she is said to have “emailed friends a year ago, asking them to put links on their websites to Key’s site with the word “clueless” as the link text.” The key (no pun intended here) is that this cyber-vandalism was orchestrated WHILE she was a Young Labour elected representative.

    You allow her do deny any current political affiliation in your article but could certainly do more to point out that when this act was initiated, her affiliation was clear.

    Labour claims this campaign will be waged on honesty. Is this the kind of honesty we can expect to see over the next two months?

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  39. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    oops typo in my last post,

    should say ‘is funny to read’

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  40. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Sounds pretty “slippery” to me Mags.

    The lie of tis still something that makes her a person you should not really “trust” isn’t it.

    Watch now has she plays the victim card. Tought banannas Rochelle, you’re number one search comes here now.

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  41. Stockbroker (17 comments) says:

    Wll done Esprit.

    I agree with Redbaiter, we need to relentlessly expose half-truths, smears, lazy journalism where we find it (and do so politely!) . Did you see the Labour rep harrassing Key on the TV1 news last night? Unfortunately, that is the standard of intellect or sophistication that the foot-soldier or “always voted Labour” person has. They will never read the blogs or research anything, they are brainwashed, but the more we can endeavour to get the MSM to be fair and not a propaganda machine, then hopefully the more will have their eyes opened. As the story goes, “I may not be able to save all the startfish but I made a difference to that one”

    One-by-one and they will all start to say “Hey, the Queen isn’t wearing any clothes!!”

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  42. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Remember the election is about TRUST. Helen told us.

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  43. WraithX (295 comments) says:

    The NZ Herald is not showing the updated text when I view it – have they removed it or is it a caching problem?

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  44. WraithX (295 comments) says:

    Okay – it is showing up now :)

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  45. lechaudlapin (19 comments) says:

    “Note: All I said to the Herald on Sunday reporter was that I hadn’t decided who I was going to vote for this election (that is true). When asked if I was affiliated to any political party, I said “not currently”. It’s not my problem the reporter took that to mean not ever. Oh, and I was only on the young labour exec for a few months, as I was Auckland rep, but then moved cities and resigned.”

    Goodness me… what an unpleasant, slippery little thing you have turned out to be.

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  46. Sushi Goblin (419 comments) says:

    Rochelle, since you are in the talkative mood, can you confirm that you commenced your googlebombing when you were either a) a member of Labour and b) on the Young Labour exec?

    Thanks muchly.

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  47. Viking2 (11,146 comments) says:

    Mondays Herald. No apology of course.

    Dirty politics’ behind clueless Key slur
    John Key’s ‘clueless’ Google result. Photo / Supplied

    John Key’s ‘clueless’ Google result.
    4:00AM Monday Sep 15, 2008
    By Claire Trevett

    National says Labour is embroiled in further dirty tricks after it emerged a woman who organised a “Google bomb” on John Key was a recent Young Labour activist.

    Rochelle Rees’ background with the Labour Party was revealed by bloggers yesterday after news stories she was behind a ploy to ensure Mr Key’s website link was the first to appear when people searched for “clueless” on Google.

    Yesterday, National leader John Key said it was another example of petty attacks on him by Labour.

    “I’m not surprised to find it was directly linked to the Labour Party. When a party no longer wants to debate the big issues they end up resorting to dirty politics.”

    Ms Rees – a 22-year-old computer programmer – said she had not deliberately tried to hide her previous involvement in the Labour Party, but was not asked about it.

    She said she was no longer involved and had done the bomb of her own initiative.

    “I don’t think it was necessary to disclose it. It’s not relevant. If I’d known it would cause this much hype I would have done so.”

    She had sent out a statement on Friday morning titled “New Zealanders rate John Key as clueless” and that Mr Key was “the first politician in New Zealand reviled enough to have a special word reserved for him on Google”.

    The statement did not mention her role in instigating the “bomb” or her previous roles with the Labour Party.

    She said she was a Labour Party member for two years in 2006 and 2007 but had not renewed her membership this year and believed it had lapsed. She was elected to Young Labour’s executive as its Auckland rep in April 2007, although she gave up the role after a few months when she moved to Christchurch.

    National has also accused Labour activists of being behind the secret taping of conversations with several National MPs at the cocktail party before its annual conference this year.

    Conversations with MPs including Bill English, Nick Smith and Lockwood Smith were subsequently released to TV3, including Mr English answering “eventually” when asked about selling Kiwibank. Mr English was forced into an embarrassing public statement about his comments, including the implication Mr Key did not understand Working for Families because of its complexity.

    The source has not been found.

    Ms Rees said she had done the Google bomb as a bit of fun after seeing “bombs” on Tony Blair with the word “liar” and George W. Bush for “miserable failure”.

    She did not know who she would vote for, but “it won’t be John Key”.

    “I chose the word clueless, because it fits his leadership style. He seems clueless.”

    Ms Rees started the bomb by sending out emails telling people to include links to Mr Key’s site when they used “clueless” on their websites. It pushed Mr Key’s site to the top of the list when people searched for the word.

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  48. Andrew (31 comments) says:

    Looks like whale oil has found a few of his own. try the following searched on google nz and just see what pops up:

    labour scum

    labour funded blog

    make sure, ‘pages from new zealand’ is selected.

    you couldnt make it up … mwa ha ha

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  49. NeillR (348 comments) says:

    When asked if I was affiliated to any political party, I said “not currently”.

    Rochelle, the Herald this morning is quoting you as saying that you weren’t directly asked about it. This is the same line that Helen Clark threw out to reporters when asked about being told that Owen Glenn had spoken to her about the Peters donation scandal. Coincidence, or perhaps you’re a bit more affiliated than you think?

    Regardless of that – you say that you started this “google bomb” a year ago. What were your affiliations then – again the Herald says that you were a member in 06 and 07, but let it lapse this year. If the reporting is correct, then you were actively involved with Labour when you set out to slur Key. Either way, it seems that you’re being pretty evasive about it all – evasive is the new black in Labour it would seem.

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