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Simon Bridges’ ongoing struggle with the truth

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 pm, July 1st, 2013 - 29 comments
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What is it about Simon Bridges and the truth? If he’s not lying about employment law, or fibbing about talking to the ILO, he’s misleading select committee over what he was told by forestry workers when he went out to talk health and safety.

According to Bridges’ claims in select committee on June 6th the new (non-binding) forestry code of practice has been welcomed by all of the workers he met with and fixed the health and safety problems that have plagued the industry. He’s a working class hero, that boy Bridges.

Unfortunately for Simon Bridges, Helen Kelly was on the same trip, and after hearing  Bridges’ bullshit has made a formal complaint to the committee’s chair, David Bennett:

Bridges letter 1


Indeed, the conversations Kelly had with the workers onsite were concerning enough that a month before the select committee comments in question, she wrote letters to both Bridges and to the forestry company that had contracted the workers to raise concerns about some of the poor practices:

Bridges Letter 2Even if Bridges didn’t agree with the points made by Kelly it was clear that the visit had not brought a ringing endorsement of the new code of practice.

Forestry is one of the most dangerous industries in New Zealand, it’s one in which workers are regularly killed or maimed. The fact that Bridges can lie so glibly about a matter that is literally life and death is, quite frankly, disgusting.

But it also show just how little he and his party values Kiwi workers.

29 comments on “Simon Bridges’ ongoing struggle with the truth ”

  1. A new day the same shit.

    These guys are pathological liars and they are dangerous to our country and our society.

    They need to be replaced before they really wreck the joint.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1


      All these lies that National Party MPs have been using/propagating need to be publicly aired and the MPs themselves held to account. A few years in prison should do it.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1


        Either delusional or mendacious and in either case unfit for office.

  2. quartz 2

    Bridges just opens his mouth and says whatever he thinks makes him look best. My mate knew him at uni and reckons he’s a pathological liar, as in a real can’t-tell-the-difference-between-truth-and-fantasy headcase.

    • Mary 2.1

      Same stock as Jami-Lee Ross and Cameron Slater.

      • Tim 2.1.1

        Aye. ‘cept Bridges has a genuine evil streak whereas Jamie Lee is simply ass-licking blobsville, and Slater is just so tuff (in his own mind) he’ll eventually disappear up his own – that’s if he doesn’t top himself before a Lusk comes to the rescue

      • North 2.1.2

        Jamie-Lee-Ross who fancies he’s a bit of a Lothario. I’m telling you, it’ll get him in the end. You’re free to define “it” as you please.

        • Mary

          I thought he was a happily married super-husband ultra-family man?

          • North

            Eddie: Deleted. This isn’t Kiwiblog. Any more of this kind of thing will result in a ban.

  3. Murray Olsen 3

    How could a former police prosecutor be a pathological liar?
    Something is very wrong in the state of Denmark.

  4. irascible 4

    Bridges is channeling Key that’s all. He doesn’t have to connect brain with thought or thought with speech he simply allows Key to brain fade into his statement as in the National-ACT party that is a prerequiste for promotion and acceptance by the MSM.

  5. AmaKiwi 5

    Thank God Helen Kelly was there to set the record straight.

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    SB is a total dodgepot like most coppers friends. Ex or current.

  7. millsy 7

    Meanwhile the elephant in the room in never mentioned…

    The privatisation of forestry and the decoupling of management from ownership and the practise of contracting out.

    Solve that issue, and everything else will fall into place.

  8. Darien Fenton 8

    You can read the report of the select committee here – scroll down to the transcript to see what went on.


  9. tracey 9

    But its ok cos no one has signed a painting for charity they didnt paint. Now THAT would be awful.

  10. tracey 10

    A fish rots from the head down

    • emergency mike 10.1

      He’s just following Key’s example – bullshit from authority works. He’s just not as good at it.

      I wish I had the programming ability to make a random ‘John Key responds to criticism’ generator. If someone wants to whip one up I’ll supply the content.

      “Aw, look…”
      “The reality is…”

      “I’m not bovvered about it.”
      “I could find a scientist that says the opposite.”
      “I could find a lawyer that says the opposite.”
      “I could find a statistic that says the opposite.”
      “That’s one opinion.”
      “I don’t agree with that.”
      “That’s not how I see it.”
      “The thing is that’s just not the case.”
      “Those are your words.”
      “I haven’t read that report.”
      “I wasn’t at the meeting.”
      “I don’t recall.”
      “Labour did the same thing.”
      “If you want to blame someone blame Labour.”
      “You’ll have to submit that question to me in writing.”
      “David Shearer’s hidden bank accounts.”

  11. I am getting very disappointed with my MP Simon Bridges. I supported him with his Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, but recently he seems to be increasingly peevish and arrogant

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 11.1

      Tories don’t have supporters: they have enablers and victims-in-waiting.

  12. AmaKiwi 12

    Would you go into business with Simon Power? Be a director of an organization with him? Want him to marry into your family?

    So why can’t we get him removed from Parliament for lying?

    Anyplace else lying gets you tossed out the door.

    Why are the country’s dictators immune from the standards applied to everyone else?

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