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.