Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, October 16th, 2018 - 60 comments
Categories: Amy Adams, class war, Dirty Politics, Judith Collins, paula bennett, Politics, same old national, Simon Bridges - Tags: amy adams, judith collins, mark mitchell, simon bridges, Todd mcclay
Embattled Nat MP Jami-Lee Ross has sensationally claimed that Simon Bridges has broken electoral law in regard to a $100k donation from a Chinese businessman. Ross claims MP Todd McClay was with him when they witnessed Bridges making a misleading electoral return.
The MP has said he will resign and fight a by-election in Botany. Ross has also said he will lay a complaint with the Police regarding a breach of the Electoral Act.
In tweets yesterday, Ross alleged that his party leader had broken the law, and that he had evidence to prove it. In turn, Bridges claimed, without evidence, that Ross was the leaker of something or other, I forget what, a few weeks ago.
Jami-Lee Ross appears to say in one tweet that both men broke the law.
“Working on his instruction, he asked me to do things with election donations that broke the law.”
The words “working on his instruction” suggest activity.
So, if was unlawful activity, and provable, well, that’s both men toast.
If not, Jami-Lee Ross has invited a defamation suit so unwinnable even Colin Craig would think twice.
In his statement this morning Jami-Lee Ross claims a campaign to push him out started three weeks ago. He was rung by Paula Bennett, ordered to Bridges’ office and told four women had laid complaints of harassment and that Bridges was going to dump him.
Ross says he had a mental breakdown as a result and that was the reason he took medical leave.
Simon Bridge’s problem is that this is all his own fault. The story will now drag on through an unnecessary by-election, which Labour might be wise to ignore. If Jami-Lee Ross does lay a police complaint, that will also hang over Bridges’ head for weeks.
Bridges is now only a poll or two away from the inevitable knifing.
So who’s going to replace him?
Amy Adams 20-1
Apparently Adams is National’s finance spokeswoman. Who knew?
Judith Collins 10-1
Has wide name recognition, but minority support in caucus. Guaranteed general election loser.
Chris Bishop 10-1
Best known for naff shots at being down wiv da kidz on social media, Bishop has a future, but probably no present.
Todd McClay 8-1
A bit grey, but a loyal party man. Almost an archetypal Tory. Could be seen as a safe pair of hands.
Paula Bennett 5-1
Still deputy-leader, and a shoe in if a place holder leader is needed.
Mark Mitchell 3-1
Stood in the last leadership ballot, but pulled his candidacy at the last-minute. Likes to be seen as affable and populist, but then so does Simon Bridges.
Jacinda Ardern 1000-1
Would it hurt them to ask? Maybe Clarke could fit it in round nappy changes?
Jami-Leaks Ross 1000000-1
Stick a fork in him, he’s done.
Simon Bridges 50-1
Lets not completely write Simon off. If all the other options look to be liberally sprinkled with loser dust, may as well let Bridges limp on and hope there’s a new John Key to be found in the post election Tory caucus.