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Talkback regular sparked Davis' gay rumour

Sun 24 Sep 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

The man whose actions pushed rumours about the Prime Minister's husband into the public domain has outed himself. Pictures of Peter Davis in an embrace with another man, and the innuendo attached to them, sparked one of the most bitter weeks in New Zealand political history. The man who gave them to Investigate magazine describes himself as a former Labour supporter, who turned away when he realised the extent of gay influence in the party. Sixty-two-year-old Chuck Bird of Auckland is well-known to radio listeners. He has been a frequent talkback caller, often commenting on mens' issues and railing against what he sees as militant feminism and the promotion of homosexuality. He told today's Sunday Star-Times he was sent a DVD containing the images of Peter Davis hugging another man on election night. He said he passed it on to Investigate as part of an ongoing campaign against what he sees as the Government's ‘social engineering'. Manwhile, Prime Minister Helen Clark is considering an inquiry into the private investigators who have been snooping into the lives - and rubbish bins - of politicians. It comes after a string of allegations of spying done on both Labour and National MPs, including rifling through garbage and following Pater Davis. Dunedin private detective Wayne Idour admitted on Friday he had spied on Clark and Davis for the Exclusive Brethren. Idour said he had also collected information on Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen and Cabinet ministers David Benson-Pope and David Parker.     Ref: NZ Harald (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 24th September 2006 - 12:00pm

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