Corin Dann: Dirty Politics still raging

opinion

By Political Editor Corin Dann

Published: 10:33AM Monday August 18, 2014 Source: ONE News

Five days on from its release and the controversy over Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics is showing no sign of abating.

This is a major cause for concern for National and not part of the script.

Because while a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll over the weekend may have shown that the book hasn't had a huge negative impact on New Zealanders' views of National yet, you get the feeling that could easily change if this story keep developing and if the source emails of the book for example are released.

National's denials, claims of a left wing smear campaign and insistence that what's in the book is simply 'politics as usual' aren't proving that effective five days on from the release.

There still seems to be huge pressure on John Key, to reply in more detail to the specific allegations in the book, as well as defend his own relationship with Mr Slater, a relationship he insists extends to no more than 3 or 4 phone calls a year.

Part of the problem for National and Mr Key today is that over the weekend the political shows like Q and A gave more airtime and discussion to the Dirty Politics book, there were long interviews with Nicky Hager and Cameron Slater.

Mr Slater then fanned the flames with allegations that Kim Dotcom was behind the hacking of his emails - something Mr Dotcom strongly denies.

All this meant when John Key fronted up for his usual round of regular Monday morning interviews, Dirty Politics was still all anyone wanted to talk about.

National desperately needs the conversation to change and will be hoping the opening of the Government's books tomorrow will do that, so may well try and tough things out for another day.

Just how John Key reacts after his Cabinet meeting today will again be fascinating to watch.

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