I’ve never rated Tova O’Brien. She is a creation of the Paddy Gower Gotcha Current affairs which manages to turn every molehill into a mountain.
Tova’s body of political journalism all looks like the policing of micro aggressions only she can see and be outraged by.
Newshub going to town over Bridges expenses is just more cheap Paddy Gower Gotcha current affairs.
What MPs spend is spit in an ocean of the Budget, it’s called the cost of a functioning democracy and constantly playing up what MPs spend simply seeks to tap into everyone’s dislike of politicians and that feeds the neoliberal small Government myth.
We’ve always had this in NZ, especially with the increase of MPS to 120 for MMP.
There are plenty of good reasons to bash Simon Bridges, what he spends on travel really ins’t one of them. This is lazy journalism and we shouldn’t celebrate it, even if it’s embarrassing our collective enemy, the National Party.