Oh sweet Christ this is just becoming an excruciating self-mutilation now. A new JLR recording leaked to The Am Show showing Bennett and Bridges tried to cover up JLR’s “inappropriate behaviour” and used threats and promises to get him to go quietly has emerged and it’s exposed the danger Bridges now lives with, and that is daily recordings that can released at the drop of a hat which utterly destabilises his Leadership.
When you section one of your own political hitmen into a mental health facility against his will after setting him up with anonymous allegations, you have to expect a certain degree of blowback.
And blowback is what JLR has in spades.
With JLR due in Parliament on December 13th , and with the protection of Parliamentary Privilege, he can eviscerate Bridges and Bennett without risk of defamation. It’s going to make the ‘Red Wedding’ scene from Game of Thrones look like a polite misunderstanding between dear friends.
The Party will see Bridges inability to control events, they will see Bridges and his Deputy unable to reclaim the narrative and they will see their Poll results bleed out the way Simon Bridges did on The Am Show this morning.
Say what you will about Duncan Garner, but when it’s bare knuckle political journalism, Garner is brutal and just destroyed Bridges. I felt like I needed to call the Police to report witnessing an assault.
Bridges can’t survive this, not because what’s been released is any more damning than anything else that has been released in this pus pit of a Game of Thrones meets House of Cards meets Jaws meets Nightmare on Elm Street meets Saw meets #MeToo pantomime of the grotesque, but because his total inability to provide any control or cauterisation of this makes him powerless and a powerless leader in a shark tank of vicious power hungry National Party MPs is about as stable as Donald Trump at a feminist folk festival.
Unless something radical changes the current political landscape, this is the beginning of the end of Simon Bridges.
Judith will be taking late night calls now.