I assiduously ignored all the hullabaloo that was erupting around Jamie Lee Ross and the National Party up until I twigged to something about the National Party having been behind the alleged sectioning of Jamie Lee Ross. I asked a question or two about that and got back to ignoring the whole thing.
Except for the bit about Cameron Slater having informed Jamie Lee Ross’s wife that he was in the care of mental health services. Why would Cameron Slater be the one “in the know”, unless Cameron Slater was in on the assessment? It’s a nice angle to “up the anti” on the National Party and Simon Bridges – to insinuate, or allow the thought, that someone or someones in the National Party had Jamie Lee Ross snaffled up by mental health services.
And easy enough for Jamie Lee Ross to conspire with Slater, request an assessment and watch the resultant explosion of speculation that was all inbound shrapnel from the perspective of Simon Bridges and his leadership.
It could look like ‘half’ a nation of distracted gossips (Ad counted the comments on this site at some point to be 900 odd over a few days) were led by the nose and made into foot soldiers in a short – and it has to be said, that by the results “well done” campaign of bullshit maneuvering designed to undermine Simon Bridges.
It’s just a thought. And now I’m going back to ignoring the whole thing.
Oh. Nicky Hager has some interesting observations and commentary over at the Spin Off. I don’t think (from a quick read) he’s saying anything too far away from the suggestion made in this (bound to be oh so popular) post.