Things must not be playing out well for the Prime Minister and her bent boyfriend after he was busted trying to get favours for his muso mates. What’s a girl to do just days away from the Red Wedding?

Roll out the weapons of mass distraction.

First up was left wing shill Clint “Hey Clint” Smith:

Then you’ve got a tiff between journalist Thomas Coughlan and Speaker Trevor Mallard:

Trevor Mallard just cemented his place on the guest list for the wedding.

Then running out comments from the tyrant referring to the previous statements made by Clarke Gayford:

And finally, to quickly bury all the mess that ‘Jethro’ has caused we get the poor PM having to deal with false rumours while she holidays at her parents’ house at Tairua:

A Coromandel cafe and butchery have denied rumours they told Jacinda Ardern to leave their respective shops and that they wouldn’t serve her.

The misinformation, which was posted to Twitter on Thursday morning, purports that the Prime Minister was “told to f**k off” from local shops in Tairua. The user shared a screenshot of a Facebook comment with the rumour and removed all identifying features of who said it, as well as when they commented.

“Apparently (from near the source) the Tairua Butcher told her to get out, that she wasn’t welcome and had damaged so many small businesses,” the Facebook comment says.

“Then she went down the road to Manaia Cafe and was told she wouldn’t be served and patrons there booed her.”

The tweet has largely spread around users who don’t support the Government and many appeared to lap up the possibility that the rumour was true. One said “the pushback has begun” and another said it would “restore their faith in Kiwis” if it were true.

Both businesses have denied the rumour, with Tairua Butchery telling Newshub this “did not happen”.

“She’s been a customer before but not this year, as far as I’m aware,” says general manager Brett Collins.

“We’ve been bombarded with phone calls since this rumour started.”


What all these things are is fairly easy to understand. They are weapons of mass distraction.

Meanwhile, you have to rely on foreign media to get any semblance of sense regarding Clarke Gayford’s shabby shenangins on behalf of his muso pals:

New Zealand’s ‘first bloke’ Clarke Gayford has been caught pressuring a pharmacist to sell rapid antigen tests to a group of his DJ friends.

The unflattering incident took place on December 29, after New Zealand’s first community case of the Omicron variant had been detected.

According to Michael Taylor, a pharmacist in Tauranga, Mr Gayford lobbied him to provide the instant tests to a group of musicians who believed they were close contacts of a community case. 

His request contravened the strict rules set out by the NZ government – headed by his fiance, Jacinda Ardern.

Mr Taylor, dispensary manager at Life pharmacy in the Bayfair shopping centre, explained this to an unimpressed Mr Gayford. 

‘Just had a group of vaccinated musicians arrive having potentially been exposed wanting a RAT – explained to them that they needed to have a PCR test done,’ Mr Taylor posted on a NZ Community Pharmacy Chat Facebook page, which is a private group.

‘As they didn’t like this they got Clarke Gayford on the phone who proceeded to tell me that there had been a change in the guidance and these people should be given RAT tests.

‘When I explained that we had not received any direction from the MoH (Ministry of Health) he was very unimpressed.’

Mr Gayford’s suggestion to the pharmacist that RATs are available to close contacts was wrong as New Zealand is yet to roll out the tests to wider community use.

Daily Mail

All that is missing now is a tweet of a photo of the first sprog all dressed up in her flower girl outfit.

They are that shallow. It’ll be something like that for sure, especially to soften the blow that they’ve decided that there would be no media at the wedding, who will have to be contented with a single spokesperson giving the fawning sell-outs updates as proceedings progress throughout the day.

Of course, there is the pending Omicron lockdown bearing down on us. That’ll hide everything!

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