Did Helen not notice her party president – the Labour Party Campaign Chair and Manager, was out of the country trying to dig up dirt on John Key from 20 years ago?
Yes – she has confirmed she knew what Williams was up to.
Did no one notice he was absent from the daily campaign meetings he normally chairs?
Possibly not, since Helen appointed herself chief political strategist instead of Mike.
Why were taxpayer funded members of Labour’s Parliamentary Research Unit also in Australia with Mike Williams trying to smear John Key?
Helen says none of them flew over, but they were assisting Williams.
Who paid for all their travel?
Well either Helen or Williams are lying here. Helen says WIlliams paid himself. Williams says the Labour Party paid.
Does the head of the research unit still report unofficially to Heather Simpson?
Yes. And there is no way they would have been authorised to work on the smear campaign without Heather’s sign off.
Is the Batman who posted documents anonymously to Dominion Post reporters the same Batman who is an author on The Standard and posted on the H-Fee earlier this month?
Why did The Standard delete the previous post from Batman?
They did not delete it, but changed it from being an author to being a guest post and put up a disclaimer that they do not know who Batman is.
Does this not link The Standard to Mike Williams and the Labour Parliamentary Research Unit?
They claim they do not know who Batman is (despite giving him or her posting rights temporarily).
Is it not time that Labour fronted up and revealed how many of the 15 Standard authors are parliamentary and ministerial staffers?
And is Batman one of them?
Who from Labour told Winston about the smear so he could refer to it on Alt TV?
My guess is Pete Hodgson
Doesn’t it undermine Helen’s claim she had nothing to do with it, when her parliamentary strategist Pete Hodgson is trying to beat it up?
And continues to try and beat it up.
Is Helen just pretending she knew nothing about the attempted smear, or has she lost control of her party, her party president and her own research unit?
I don’t think she has lost control. She is in contact six times a day with Mike Williams. If it had not blown up in their face, she would be fronting the issue.