Last night the architect of the Death Star and moral Shepard of the Right, Matthew Hooton, dropped a big claim on twitter…
… this claim immediately was denied by those present at the actual event Hooton was referring to, and as the day went on it started to feel like Hooton’s bold claim seemed to have been driven more by a sudden desire to cloud this leak against his mate and personal passion project, Simon Bridges…
Labour, National deny leaking National leader Simon Bridges’ expenses
National leader Simon Bridges has stopped short of pointing the finger at the Government for leaking details of his travel expenses to the media – but says they are looking for distractions from their own problems.
Speaking to reporters this morning, Bridges said he didn’t know who leaked his quarterly expenses, which show he racked up more than $100,000 in accommodation and travel.
…let’s be clear. the fact Bridges spent over $100k on travel means sweet bugger all. I’m not one of those freaks who screams about the cost of these things, this is just the price of a functioning democracy and is spit in the ocean of what Government spends, but the fact it was leaked is deeply fascinating and that would have been known by whoever leaked it because it suggests deep problems from within National.
As to who leaked it?
I know most of the Operators on the Left & none of them have the imagination or humour to have snapped Bridges on his expenses, let alone have the time on their hands to play games like this. Most of the Government’s Wellington Operators are barely able to get through the average day without accidentally setting themselves on fire (look at the Wally Haumaha abortion to appreciate their limitations), no this was done from within National.
The mainstream media keep suggesting there’s no reason for National Operatives to do this because the Party is polling at an astronomical 45%, that misses the incandescent rage of your average National voter who sees that number and feels anger they aren’t leading. That high polling isn’t a defence for Bridges, it’s become an aggravating charge.
Now who has a history of dirty politics and a feral desire for the power of Leadership within the National Party and who still feels aggrieved that they were not given the Deputy Leader position after the Leadership battle when English stepped down?
Who can possible say?
In a totally unrelated issue, here’s a funny internet picture.