I’ve been working on tracking down this smear against Clarke for a couple of months. Tracing the Troll Army that was acting as an echo chamber, desperately trying to catch the people who were leaking this venom and watching who originally launched it.
The National Party have scrambled and claimed they had nothing to do with it.
Based on the recent history of National’s role in dirty politics coupled with their bitter resentment & refusal at acknowledging they lost the election, suspecting them of being behind the rumours is perfectly reasonable.
The co-ordination of this smear against Clarke, the anonymous troll army echo chamber promoting it, the fact the story suspiciously never changed and the place it was originally launched from – this was all a concerted effort by ‘someone’ to destabilise the Government.
I do believe Simon Bridges however when he says he had nothing to do with it. Perhaps he should be talking quietly to other members of his Party to see if they’ve had any dealings with the people who launched this?