Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, August 24th, 2018 - 358 comments
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All those right wingers who claimed with some vehemence that Labour and/or Trevor Mallard leaked Simon Bridges’ expenses information have rather large amounts of egg on their faces.
And National MPs must be questioning Simon Bridges’ judgment.
Because it has been stated this morning that the leaker of Bridges’ expense information is a National MP.
A person claiming to be the National Party leaker has sent an anonymous text to Opposition leader Simon Bridges pleading for the inquiry to be called off, RNZ has learned.
It’s a major development in the saga over who leaked Mr Bridges’ expenses and raises huge questions about the stability of his leadership and disquiet among National MPs.
Sources have told RNZ Mr Bridges and the Speaker Trevor Mallard both received an anonymous text message last week from a person claiming to be responsible for leaking the information to Newshub.
The author of the text warned they suffered from mental health problems in the past and said being exposed publicly could push them over the edge and put their life at risk.
And the motivation?
In the message, the author said they had leaked the expenses because they disagreed with Mr Bridges’ leadership style, describing him as “arrogant”, and wanted him to be held to account for his spending of taxpayers’ money.
For Bridges the repercussions are big questions over his judgment and about the stability and loyalty of his caucus. Asking for an inquiry clearly was a very stupid thing to do. Claiming that his caucus would not have done such a thing clearly was a stupid thing to say.
And he has a bigger problem. Either he has a serial leaker in his caucus willing to damage him by the release of information. Or he has two leakers each with the same idea.
I suspect that National will now want to end the inquiry. It will be interesting if they ask for this and how Mallard handles any such request.
I agree that mental health is an important issue so I am replacing the picture associated with the post. The story is relevant however.
And Stuff have added further detail:
It’s understood National immediately sought advice from mental health professionals in dealing with the issues. Police are also understood to be involved as well.
Bridges is to do a stand up at 9:30 am. The first question should be why did he say a few days ago that Labour was to blame when he clearly had this information?
Just three days ago Bridges confidently blamed the leak on “a Government that wants to distract”
This was after he had received a credible text message from a National MP claiming responsibility.https://t.co/3UMLMUvwzg
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) August 23, 2018