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Simon Bridges caught fibbing again

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, October 3rd, 2013 - 15 comments
Categories: energy, same old national - Tags:

Simon Bridges has been keeping a low profile lately but he’s in the news again today, and once again he’s been caught being somewhat less than honest.

It turns out he’s been caught trying to bury a report showing a huge quarterly jump in electricity prices. As Labour’s energy spokesperson, David Shearer points out:

The Government was clearly afraid of releasing the bad news, given Labour’s NZ power policy will take hundreds of dollars off Kiwi families’ bills while Mr Bridges continues to defend power prices as competitive and fair despite the massive increases,

That said it’s not surprising the government to try to bury bad news at dead times. Hell, they’re not even trying to hide the fact they’re doing it with the asset sales referendum.

What is surprising is how badly Bridges has done it, and how he’s managed to get caught out in a lie once again. From the Herald:

Mr Bridges told the Herald he first saw the survey on the weekend of July 6, “and we didn’t muck around, we got it out”.

But documents obtained by Labour include a June 26 MBIE memo to Mr Bridges giving main points from the survey and telling him it was planning a July 2 release date.

So Bridges expects us to believe that he went a full ten days without being aware of a politically damaging memo addressed to him about one of the most sensitive issues in his portfolio? And then it just happened to have its release date shifted back four days to the best available time to bury it? If you believe that I’ve got some $2.50 Mighty River shares you might want to buy.

It really is starting to look like this new Minister is quickly turning into that old joke:

Q: How do you know when Simon Bridges is lying?
A: His lips are moving.

15 comments on “Simon Bridges caught fibbing again”

  1. One Anonymous Knucklehead 1

    Monkey see monkey do.

  2. David H 2

    The minister of Funny Talks Strikes again.

  3. ScottGN 3

    I like the last paragraph best where wee Simon throws a bit of a tanty at the impertinent questions and says “I wish they’d ask me more questions about energy in the House … Whether it’s a Tuesday, Wednesday or a Friday, look frankly I couldn’t care less and Labour needs to get a life.”
    Well guess what you dumb little prick, that’s exactly what Labour has done and the outlook is all bad for you.

  4. ghostwhowalksnz 4

    Of course he has people who READ these things for him, they have a MEETING with him where the results are DISCUSSED and then he decides on what ACTION to take.

    His only response is that he didnt SEE IT

    • mickysavage 4.1

      This is the same excuse that Nick Smith used for the Ruataniwha submission.

      Crosby Textor must run a special school for Ministers where they train them on how not to read papers and come up with bogus excuses when questioned on them.

  5. Linz 5

    Every time I see Soymin on TV, I think of that old film, The Omen.

  6. fender 6

    Easy to see how our liar PM believes this lying little upstart is “the future” of the National Party. As OAK says above, he has a very good tutor/monkey to teach him the monkey business National employ.

    WAKE UP Tauranga, wake up!

  7. Glen 7

    I just LOVE this final quote from Bridges in the Herald article –

    “I wish they’d ask me more questions about energy in the House … Whether it’s a Tuesday, Wednesday or a Friday, look frankly I couldn’t care less and Labour needs to get a life.”

    As if they didn’t look like a bunch of spoiled brats already…
    Clueless. Spoiled. Brats.

    • BLiP 7.1

      Nice catch by Labour followed by the now typical . . .

      National Ltd™ 101: when confronted with undeniable facts and/or irrefutable logic, apply ad homs.

      . . . its a dead give away that they have nothing coherent to say and/or are hiding more facts which, if exposed, will make the situation worse for them. Hard to blame Simple Simon, though. Caught up in the Crosby/Textor induced “ashpahrashnul” Castle-in-the-Air matrix, as many white trash oiks are these days, he studies those who personify that “brighter future” and unthinkingly follows their lead . . .

      I have no record of the 12 November 2009 email from Treasury advising that the SkyCity deal was dodgy and needed to be referred to the Auditor General

      The Human Rights Commission is uninformed, produces poor work needs to do better if it wishes to keep its funding.

      . . . regardless of whether such practises actually work or, indeed, do represent an “ambitious for New Zealand” mindset. Its a symptom of when ideology trumps rational thought and honesty.

  8. Sable 8

    National seem to want to get the award for least honest political party.

  9. Whatever next? 9

    The veneer is wearing very thin, I wonder if there is any substance at all behind National MP’s?

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