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8:02 am, August 27th, 2018 - 187 comments
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Apart from the fact it is showing there is considerable disunity in National’s ranks and that Simon Bridges has very poor judgment this story is getting rather tedious.
But National seem intent on keeping the who leaked Bridges travel information story alive for a third week.
How they are going to do this is going to shake National’s caucus to its core.
The police already know who it is. I presume they discovered this through their access to the cellular network. They were able to quickly find out who was linked to the cellphone and determine they were under no current threat.
But National will not have the same means although an OIA might work, eventually.
Instead I presume they will proceed with their plans to check every caucus member’s computers. Imagine how you would feel if someone insisted on gaining access to your digital information?
All it will take is for a modest number of MPs to say no and then the leaker may retain plausible denial.
And if they knew what they were doing forensic analysis may not be sufficient.
And National, the party that complained yesterday at how many expensive inquiries are being run, is today upset that the particular expensive inquiry into who leaked Bridges information is being canned by Mallard.
The National Party is boxing ahead with its own investigation into who leaked Simon Bridges’ expenses to the media after Parliament’s speaker put the kibosh on an official inquiry last week.
On Friday RNZ revealed a person claiming to be a National MP had sent a text message to Mr Bridges and the speaker, Trevor Mallard, pleading for the inquiry to be stopped for the sake of their mental health.
That led to Mr Mallard pulling the plug on the inquiry saying it was unlikely the text had been sent from anyone outside the National Party.
Shadow leader of the House Gerry Brownlee said the National Party needed to know who the leaker was and will push ahead with uncovering the person’s identity, after Mr Mallard had washed his hands of an inquiry.
“Well of course we think he’s obfuscated his role as Speaker, but he did so after the prime minister had declared it was a problem for the National Party.
“We will now obviously conduct an inquiry, because we need to know who that person is, to either stamp out a problem, or to in fact wrap around someone who has some serious issues,” Mr Brownlee said.
Moir also mentioned that the first that Police Minister Stuart Nash knew about the police investigation was during Bridges’s stand up. Fair enough. Politically sensitive information should not be disclosed to ministers unless there is a strong need to do so.
Andrew Geddis has the perfect response to National’s criticism of Mallard in this series of tweets:
Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will no doubt have the next episode in this rather bizarre story of how National managed to destroy its hard won reputation for unity and professionalism by engaging in a witch hunt for someone who released information that was going to be made public three days early.