Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, December 13th, 2018 - 159 comments
Categories: jacinda ardern, making shit up, national, paula bennett, same old national, Simon Bridges, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:
For weeks National has been asking questions and hinting darkly at how there was inappropriate Labour support for Karel Sroubek’s bid to remain in New Zealand. The information has now been released. And all that I feel is an irresistible urge to say Meh.
So the big conspiracy National has been banging on about every day for weeks is… a guy who knows Jacinda texted her after a story broke and she ignored him? https://t.co/Bmi4GeHI00
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) December 12, 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sent a text message commending the decision to grant Karel Sroubek residency by someone who is both a friend of the Czech drug-smuggler and an acquaintance of hers.
That man was Richie Hardcore, whose Instagram’s account shows him posing with Ardern in multiple photos and referring to her as “a friend” and “the people’s champ”.
National has slammed the Prime Minister after the revelation, with leader Simon Bridges saying Ardern had not been upfront about the message from Hardcore and it was time she told the whole story.
“She’s only told us this much because of our relentless questioning. It beggars belief to say that this would be the first contact that she has had with Richie Hardcore about this case.”
Bridges said Ardern should release the full text message, and asked why Hardcore would have sent a text if she didn’t know who Sroubek was.
“For total clarity, the Prime Minister should appear in the House tomorrow and make a Ministerial Statement about her associations with Richie Hardcore, Sroubek and any of their other associates.”
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said that the text from Hardcore was unsolicited, and was the only correspondence between them on this matter.
I must admit that I was nervous for a while about the allegation. So many questions were being asked. It was clear that national was planning an attack similar to the Donghua Liu David Cunliffe incident. Surely they had something meaty.
So someone who has met Jacinda sent her a text AFTER Lees-Galloway had made his decision. AND she did not reply?
And someone has photos of themselves with Jacinda on Instagram? They should see my friends’ photos on my facebook feed.
But National still thinks it is onto something.
A very important question: Why would her good friend Richie Hardcore text @jacindaardern about Karel Sroubek?
— Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) December 12, 2018
Sroubek and Hardcore. he texts the pm celebrating sroubek getting residency. Why didn’t she come clean on the facts earlier? Because she had something to hide pic.twitter.com/pyNbWXr53I
— Paula Bennett (@paulabennettmp) December 12, 2018
Although the rest of Twitter had a laugh.
Simon, we can’t just call everyone we vaguely know a really good friend…. I know that must be difficult for you to hear
— Carly Mables (@CarlyMables) December 12, 2018
One suspects it would be a better conspiracy if he had texted her 'before' the determination.
— Eric Rowe (@kiwieric) December 12, 2018
Guessing they can't yet find an excuse to mention Jacinda Ardern & George Soros in the same sentence.
— Kumara📎Republic (@kumararepublic) December 12, 2018
Hardcore txted the PM about Sroubek? That’s it? That’s their smoking gun? pic.twitter.com/aac9S8qmxW
— Jeremy (@nz_voter) December 12, 2018
National is demanding that Ardern release the text. While they are at it maybe they could release Bill English’s 450 texts at the same time.