Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, October 27th, 2018 - 106 comments
Categories: Dirty Politics, internet, Judith Collins, Media, national, paula bennett, same old national, Simon Bridges, twitter, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: jami-lee ross
Graham Adams has written this interesting article in Noted about Simon Bridges’s current predicament. He refers to Simon Bridges’ acknowledgment that things have been rough for him and his reference to being in the “eye of the storm”. This was a very poorly chosen metaphor. Bridges obviously meant to say that he was through the storm. Unfortunately for him the eye in the storm is the middle of a cyclone where things are calm and peaceful, but only for a while. When the eye passes you are back into the hurricane.
As noted by Adams:
National is, in fact, in the eye of the storm right now, when Jami-Lee Ross is away recovering at an undisclosed location after his brief stay in Middlemore Hospital and has gone silent. But the chances of him — or his allies — staying quiet for long are very small.
Once Ross recovers from his illness, he will still be in an unrivalled position to expose what goes on in National if he wishes to, given he was the party’s hitman and bagman. He knows where both the bodies and the treasure are buried. He knows all the tricks by which his former colleagues stifle dissent and rid themselves of mutinous MPs because he played that role himself for years.
Adams points out that there are some big questions still to be answered. For instance did the partitioning of the $100,000 donation into smaller donations complied with the Electoral Act’s contributions requirements. I am finding it really difficult to see how it did. I am cautiously confident that the Electoral Commission and the Police will see things the same way.
And there is this troubling stench of money for positions with the payment apparently being a way to start a parliamentary career.
And what damage to National’s relationship with the ethnic communities through its two Chinese MPs are better than two Indian MPs?
And what role did National have in getting Ross sanctioned? And what happened to his phone. If you think this is verging into tinfoil hat territory read this compelling post by Selwyn Manning and then think again.
Over at the blog that shall not be referred to these questions and some answers are being investigated in some detail. Sure there has to be caution in the information being supplied. But hey it is like Alex Jones attacking Donald Trump. It is a great time to be a spectator.
Some think that there is too much attention is being paid to the issue. I beg to differ. It is hard to ignore civil war erupting in National’s ranks and witnessing its own leadership being brought down by dirty politics. The irony …
And meanwhile Judith is getting ready …
Little message to me from my hairdresser this morning. 🤔 Message back from me: Nope 😎 pic.twitter.com/V3NKWF4wo4
— Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) October 25, 2018