The Spinoff has come out asking us not to be eggs about Jami-Lee Ross’s mental health.
While the argument to privacy regarding mental health is absolutely sacrosanct, as any health issue is, I don’t think the current legitimate questions and concerns over who sectioned JLR is being an egg in any way shape or form and that this is a very, very, very unique situation.
An MP, who has damaging information about the largest political party in the country suddenly gets sectioned under mental health legislation, this after an unprecedented no holds barred attack on him by National and Newsroom using anonymous sources.
The very reason why there is legislation demanding the Speaker of the House be informed of an MP being sectioned and that the Speaker must visit the MP, is because using this power over a Member of Parliament cuts to the very heart of our democracy and the protections our elected representatives have against the State when they pose a threat to that State.
Those are legitimate questions and they deserve to have answers, to ensure there hasn’t been something dark done here.
Was there or wasn’t there a National Party MP with JLR who helped section him – I appreciate the clamour of ‘mental health right to privacy’ but this has a far wider implications beyond that and requires investigation once he is well enough.
The irony is that the same people who were using anonymous sourced accusations to crucify JLR are the same ones demanding no questions now he’s been sectioned – this is so Kafkaesque it’s Orwellian.