South Islanders are useless and East Christchurch earthquake victims scum, controversial blogger Cameron Slater allegedly says in emails disclosed by Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager.
Writing to his friend Peter Smith (not his real name) after the February earthquake, Slater says: "The place is f****d, they should should just board it up and close it down."
Smith: A real tragedy, but it will f***k Labour for the election.
Slater: Yep blessings.
Slater: What i can't believe... is how we have to bail out those useless pricks in the sth island, again.’
Smith: I said to someone today National should let them rot, after all they are useless scum Labour voters especially in the areas where the earthquake hit..well hopefully more scum will labour voters will piss off to Australia (and) at least the uninsured get (f***ing) nothing.’
Slater: Those suburbs are hard core Labour...the owners will be Nat voters though and the voters tenants, so the houses are gone and the scum are gone too, and they should get nothing.
Cantabrians had been to hell and back since the earthquakes and it was a "disgrace" for Slater to have called Christchurch quake victims "scum", Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove said.
Cosgrove, Labour's candidate for the Waimakariri electorate, said the book made it clear Slater was a "mouthpiece" for the National government.
Prime Minister John Key should "denounce Slater for everything he said and everything he stands for", Cosgrove said.
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