The National caucus can’t be a very happy place right now. What with a witch hunt being conducted and Simon Bridges sparing no effort or expense to find out who leaked his travel expense details. And with inept negative leadership.
I feel sorry for their MPs, I really do. Having to turn up day in and day out and rubbish the country and run it down and pick on the slightest thing to try and garner support. Opposing a Tahr cull the process of which was implemented in 1993 under a previous National Government then watching as Eugenie Sage does a deal, gets the support of hunters to continue but reduce the size of the cull, and then makes the problem go away.
And having to deal with the political phenomenon known as Jacinda Ardern. And seeing her effectively neuter your whole political strategy by being kind.
It must really suck.
And the strain is showing.
National’s whip Jami Lee Ross is taking time out to recover from health issues. All the best to him. At a personal level I hope he gets better and repairs himself. Politics can suck and have a terrible effect on people. I have seen this far too often.
There is speculation that he is the leaker although Simon Bridges has said that his leave is unrelated to the inquiry. Interesting choice of words there, Bridges could have just said that he was satisfied it was not Ross.
My theory is that it is actually someone else.
But rumours that National’s caucus is an unhappy place are clearly true. And it is only going to get worse over the next couple of weeks as the inquiry draws to a conclusion.
In your comments please refrain from attacking anyone personally and address the political implications of the event.
Wishing Jami-Lee Ross a speedy and full recovery. Regardless of the job we do, our personal well-being should always come first. https://t.co/re3EsLIGvS
— Damian Light (@damianlight) October 1, 2018